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
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: