Assisted Reproductive Technology employs the highest technology available to assist in achieving a pregnancy. The procedures included within this technology are gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), the latter used most frequently if not exclusively by some practices. ART includes treatment methods for many couples who suffer from blocked tubes, failed multiple infertility treatments and who are consequently labeled as unexplained infertility. Additional indications for ART include male factor infertility and endometriosis. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis has expanded the indications for IVF, as some patients are not necessarily infertile but need to employ this advanced technology to minimize the risk of having an affected child.
Since the birth of the first baby conceived from IVF in 1978, the field of ART has changed dramatically both clinically and within the laboratory. Progress in the field of reproductive medicine has lead to the impressive pregnancy and live birth rates following ART seen today. At the Fertility Center we have changed with the times to continually offer state of the art services to meet the needs of our patients.