Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) refers collectively to the various procedures and techniques involving the laboratory handling of human oocytes (eggs), sperm, and/or embryos. ART offers new hope to infertile couples who may have been considered untreatable, or for those who have not responded to traditional medical treatment.
Infertility treatment is rapidly evolving, nowhere more so than here in the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center (SFRMC). Although ART procedures generally follow the steps described below, no single approach is exactly the same for each person. Your health care team will discuss every option and every step with you in great detail. They will also discuss current success rates as may apply to your specific situation.
Most assisted reproductive technologies are no longer considered experimental. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM*) considers the following procedures to be within mainstream medical care: