Infertility: Questions to Ask About Assisted Reproductive Technology

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When thinking about an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure, ask your doctor these questions.

  • Can you give a step-by-step description of the procedure? Ask about any fertility medicines, daily blood testing, and egg harvesting. ART treatment can be physically and emotionally demanding.
  • What is your level of expertise? ART procedures to correct infertility require specialized training and experience.
  • How likely is pregnancy after treatment with ART? This depends on the specific type of problem being treated. It also depends on other fertility factors such as age. You must feel comfortable that the risks of ART are worth the chance of becoming pregnant.
  • What are the clinic's treatment success rates? Also ask about what types of problems the clinic typically treats.

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Current as of: November 27, 2023

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