Infertility is a massive issue around the world, alone in India around 27.5 million couples suffer from Infertility. It is not just a physical ailment but rather emotional, cognitive, and societal too. Numerous factors are responsible for infertility in women and men. Some of these factors can be tackled by making lifestyle changes while others cannot. It requires expert assistance such as a fertility specialist to find the underlying issue of infertility and treat it. Some advanced fertility treatments are available to help infertile couples. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a type of fertility treatment that involves a diverse range of methods and techniques to deal with infertility. ART is indeed a complex set of treatments that employs advanced technologies but understanding them from a patient’s perspective is easier than you might assume. Banker IVF, an IVF centre in Ahmedabad offers ART treatments under the supervision of IVF specialist Dr Manish Banker.
This blog discusses infertility, the meaning of ART, its types, suitability for patients, and everything else you need to know!
Table of content
2.0 Types of ART treatments
2.1. In vitro fertilization (IVF)
2.2 Intrafallopian transfer
2.3 Frozen embryo transfer
2.4 Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
2.6 Which ART treatment is right for me?
What is ART?
ART is a complex procedure that involves impacting eggs, sperm and gametes (reproductive cells) to improve the likelihood of fertilization. It is an advanced treatment that is meant for people who have already tried other fertility treatments but gained no promising results. ART is usually practised and advised by fertility specialists such as Dr Manish Banker. The treatment is seen as the last resort to attain pregnancy among infertile couples. ART also eliminated pregnancy complications among infertile women and delivers a low-risk pregnancy. Assisted reproductive technology covers treatments that work in a manual way to cause pregnancy. As it includes combining sperm and cells in a lab until they are fertilized. The fertilized egg is again placed in a woman’s uterus to trigger pregnancy. Despite being a successful form of fertility treatment, its complexity prevents ART from reaching every patient in need.
Types of ART treatments
In vitro fertilization (IVF)
Pregnancy is only possible after the union of sperm and eggs, meaning both men and women need to be fertile. Some factors are responsible for disrupting this process which leads to infertility. In vitro fertilization or IVF is the most popular ART treatment and is widely used around the globe. The IVF process includes combining a woman’s egg with sperm in the laboratory till they are fertilized. These fertilized eggs are also known as embryos. The embryo is then transferred into a woman’s uterus where the body can continue the further pregnancy process. If the first IVF cycle fails then there is always an option for another one. IVF in particular comes with the bare minimum risks and an impressive success possibility. Consulting an IVF specialist will help you determine your suitability and chances of success if you undergo IVF treatment.
Some ART treatments are similar to IVF, but they involve laparoscopic surgery to deliver gametes directly into the fallopian tube. Some people select this procedure for religious reasons, while others may have insurance that only covers this sort of ART. There is an increased risk of multiple pregnancies, as with other kinds of ART. Furthermore, because of the laparoscopy, there is a chance of problems from the surgery, such as infection, organ puncture, or anaesthesia side effects. IVF is often less expensive than intrafallopian transfers.
Frozen embryo transfer
Frozen embryo transfer (FET) is becoming more popular these days. It entails thawing previously frozen IVF embryos and putting them into a woman’s uterus. This implies that you will not have to go through another cycle of hormone stimulation and egg harvesting. Frozen embryo cycles can be done naturally or with hormone preparation or ovulation stimulation.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a treatment used in conjunction with IVF to help fertilise an egg. An embryologist, often known as an embryo specialist, injects a single sperm straight into the centre of an egg using a tiny needle. ICSI has a similar success rate as IVF and maybe a successful approach to ART for those with sperm-related infertility. ICSI is generally used in conjunction with IVF.
Some other ART treatments are:
- Egg donation
- Semen freezing
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Egg freezing
- Controlled ovarian stimulation
ART treatments are like any other treatments that require one to be in a good health for a better success ratio. A fertility expert such as Dr Manish Banker is the perfect individual to seek advice from regarding ART preparation. Dietary changes are usually advised to most patients to improve their general health. Mild daily exercise and yoga are also beneficial to keep the body active before undergoing any treatment. Certain changes in lifestyle are advantageous too such as reducing or quitting drinking and smoking. These habits are known to cause negative effects on general health as well as fertility.
Which ART treatment is right for me?
Each ART treatment holds a different procedure and works well within specified circumstances. To figure out which of the above-discussed ART treatments are suitable for you it is best to visit the fertility specialist, Dr Manish Banker. By evaluating your particular case he will be able to advise you on the most suitable ART treatment to increase the chances of pregnancy.
Assisted reproductive technology makes it possible for people to dream of parenthood. The advancement in science and years of experience of Dr Manish Banker as a fertility specialist is advantageous for infertile couples. Dr Banker’s IVF centre in Ahmedabad offers a wide range of treatment facilities including ART to help you fulfil your dream of being a parent. The IVF hospital in Ahmedabad also offers fertility tests for both men and women to find out the underlying issue before moving forward with the treatment procedure. Since the ART treatment is viewed as a costly one, our IVF centre in Ahmedabad works to simplify it by providing an EMI facility for couples who cannot afford the treatment expenses in one go. Don’t let your hopes of conceiving a child crush because support is always there for you!