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A Basic Guide to Assisted Reproductive Techniques

Last updated 5 years ago

As medical technology improved, men and women are provided with more advanced treatment options to assist them in their journey to become parents. From in vitro fertilization (IVF) to tubal embryo transfer (TET), prospective parents now have many effective Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) at their disposal. If you are considering undergoing fertility treatment to help you reach your goal of becoming a parent, learn more about some of your options from the guide below.

  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
    IVF is the most commonly performed ART technique in the United States. In fact, approximately 99 percent of all ART cycles performed are IVF according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. To perform IVF, eggs are obtained from the patient and fertilized in vitro (in the lab) using her partner’s sperm. Once fertilized, the embryos are transferred back into the woman’s uterus in the effort to begin a successful pregnancy. At FCI, our age limit to undergo this ART treatment with your own eggs is 45 years of age.
  • Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT)
    GIFT was once used much more frequently than it is today. Although the GIFT process is very similar to the IVF cycle, GIFT involves placing both the harvested eggs and sperm back into the woman’s body to be fertilized instead of incubating in the lab. This technique requires surgery to place the gametes into the woman’s fallopian tubes.
  • Tubal Embryo Transfer (TET)
    This procedure is typically used in patients who have an abnormality of the cervix and cannot have the in vitro-fertilized embryos placed into the uterus. Instead, the embryos are placed directly into the fallopian tubes.

Do you have remaining questions about one or more of the above treatments? If so, let Fertility Centers of Illinois be your resource. Call our staff today at (877) 499-8730 to set up a consultation.


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