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Infertility: Questions to Ask About Assisted Reproductive Technology - Topic Overview

When considering an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure, ask your doctor:

  • For a step-by-step description of the procedure you're considering, including any fertility medicines, daily blood testing, and egg harvesting. ART treatment is physically and emotionally demanding, especially of the female partner.
  • About his or her level of expertise. ART procedures to correct infertility in both men and women require specialized training and experience.
  • How likely it is that you and your partner will conceive after treatment with ART. This depends on the specific type of problem being treated and other fertility factors such as a woman's age. You must feel comfortable that the risks of ART are worth the likelihood of becoming pregnant.
  • About the clinic's treatment success rates and about what types of problems the clinic typically treats.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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