Family Building Options and
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) is a term used to describe advanced fertility therapies. It most commonly refers to in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET or IVF) but also includes other therapies. These procedures all involve the removal of a woman’s eggs from her ovaries, the processing of these eggs, and the placement of the eggs in the woman, sometimes already fertilized, in order to achieve a pregnancy. The differences in the procedures involve where the eggs become fertilized, and how far along the fertilization process has progressed before they are placed in the uterus.
Although ART have helped many people overcome their infertility, they are not the answer for every infertile couple. Most of the time we use ART only when less complex and less expensive methods of treatment, such as medication or artificial insemination don't succeed. However, in certain circumstances (such as advanced age or severe male fertility problems) we may recommend ART as first-line therapy.
We will carefully and thoroughly review your medical history with you to determine the procedure most appropriate for achieving your goal of a healthy pregnancy. Your medical history will be considered and medical testing will be performed prior to determining the appropriate treatment options.
PAMF Fertility Physicians of Northern California offers these advanced ART services to optimize your chances for conception and a successful pregnancy.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- 3rd Party Reproduction—Donor Egg, Donor Sperm, Donor Embryos, Surrogacy
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)
- Microsurgical Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (MESA)
- Assisted Hatching
- Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
- Egg, Embryo and Semen Cryopreservation
Your doctor will discuss these procedures with you and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your individual situation. Certain services related to male infertility are done by partner urologists who specialize in male infertility.