What is Assisted Reproductive Technology?
You’ve been dreaming about starting your family for years, and now, it’s finally time. You know that you’re ready to have a baby. You want to give him or her the best possible start in life. But even though you feel completely ready to have your baby right now, biology had other ideas. Even after trying for months or years, you still haven’t been able to get pregnant. It’s frustrating and disappointing, and feels incredibly lonely.
Assisted reproductive technology, or ART, is a group of medical procedures that can help couples who are experiencing infertility to conceive a child. There are many types of ART procedures available, and which one you need depends on your particular medical situation; you may go through more than one as you search to find what will work. Although the journey can seem long and overwhelming at times, millions of couples have become parents through the use of ART.
This section of Doctor Review is devoted to the assisted reproductive technology procedures that can help you bring into the world your most precious gift — your children.
For your interest, we have some information on the history of assisted reproductive technology. (Did the ancient Greeks really believe that sperm was made in a man’s brain?!) We’ve also got info on some of the future innovations coming down the pipeline. (Sperm and egg donation might soon be obsolete!)
We have tons of great information on the most common ART procedures. You can find out how it’s done, how to choose a provider, what recovery will be like, the risks and benefits, and more. To get you started, here’s a list of the procedures we cover in this section. Just click on the name of a procedure to be taken to its main educational page. You can also browse or search topics in our Education Wiki. To make sure all of the information is clear, we’ve included a Glossary defining some of the terminology that’s used here; most of the terms are also defined within the Wiki itself.
While learning about the variety of procedures available, you’ll also want to take the time to find the best clinic to perform your procedure. Check out our info on How to Find the Best Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinic to help you get the search started.
Questions about ART or other types of procedures can be asked in our Forum. If you have a question, don’t be shy — someone is waiting to answer with the information you need, so go ahead and ask! There are likely plenty of other people out there with the same question as you. You can also browse previous questions and answers. You might even find the answers to questions you didn’t realize you had!
What About the Money?
There’s also lots of information about the cost of assisted reproductive technology procedures. If you’re like most people, you don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars in savings just sitting around waiting to be used for your procedure, so you might be wondering how you could possibly afford this. You do have many options, so if you’re concerned about the cost, make sure you check out our Assisted Reproductive Technology Financing page.
And of course, since our name is Doctor Review, we have patient reviews of ART clinics that perform these procedures. You want a qualified professional, who cares about you, listens to you, and seeks to understand your goals. Read what real patients are saying about providers in your area, to help you choose the best fertility clinic for you.
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