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    Infertility: Questions to Ask About Assisted Reproductive Technology

    Infertility: Questions to Ask About Assisted Reproductive Technology

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    When considering an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure, ask your doctor:

    • For a step-by-step description of the procedure you're considering, including any fertility medicines, daily blood testing, and egg harvesting. ART treatment is physically and emotionally demanding, especially of the female partner.
    • About his or her level of expertise. ART procedures to correct infertility in both men and women require specialized training and experience.
    • How likely it is that you and your partner will conceive after treatment with ART. This depends on the specific type of problem being treated and other fertility factors such as a woman's age. You must feel comfortable that the risks of ART are worth the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
    • About the clinic's treatment success rates and about what types of problems the clinic typically treats.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Last Revised December 7, 2011

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