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Signs of Infertility
Most people consider the definition of infertility to be the inability to conceive after at least a year of trying. Or, alternatively, the definition could be the inability to carry a baby to term. These are the meanings that doctors assign to the term as well. But, before being diagnosed as...

A Look At ART, GIFT, and Other Treatments for the Infertile

Posted Friday, January 16, 2009 9:51 PM

ART, GIFT and Other Infertility TreatmentsAssisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) have helped many couples overcome infertility. The ART treatments include: in vitro fertilization, frozen embryo transfer, zygote intrafallopian transfer, gamete intrafallopian transfer. These are not treatments which are recommended at the onset of infertility treatment. There is careful consideration given to each patient to determine which infertility treatment is right for them. ART is used as a last resort when all else has failed.

Most of these procedures are generally the same when dealing with infertility treatment. The egg is removed and combined with the sperm. This is done in a lab dish under strict laboratory conditions. The eggs are monitored closely for any signs of problems. Within a few days, usually two, the fertilized eggs are placed back into the mother's uterus or fallopian tube. The fertilization takes place outside the body of the woman. A woman who has damaged fallopian tubes can use the in vitro fertilization process to overcome her fertility. Treatments which have failed in the past may be replaced with this type of infertility treatment.

The gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) is done immediately. The sperm and the egg are both transferred back into the fallopian tube after the egg has been retrieved. This allows the fertilization process to occur inside the body of the woman. The only problem with the GIFT infertility treatment is there is no way to determine whether the egg was fertilized or not, for quite some time. With the other ART treatments the embryo has been fertilized before being placed back into the patient.

ART infertility treatments are expensive. These treatments are intensely emotional. There are no guarantees with ART infertility treatments. Although the success rate is high, there certain cases which can not be helped. The couple must consider other options for adding a child into their family.

There are organizations which offer some great information for the couple trying to conceive. Many of these excited couples do not understand the dedication, commitment, and sacrifices they must make in order for the infertility treatments to be effective. They do not understand the roller coaster ride of emotions their lives are going to take. The couple should explore every option available to them when it comes to having children. There are many alternatives to ART and GIFT infertility treatments.

There are non-profit organizations which make available the information necessary to make an intelligent decision on infertility treatment clinics. Most of the reputable clinics belong to an organization called SART. This is the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. You can find infertility treatment clinics listed along with information about the services they provide.

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