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Assisted Reproductive Technology

IVF is perhaps the best known infertility treatment under the larger umbrella called “ART”. But what does ART mean anyway? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention defines “Assisted Reproductive Technology” as all infertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are therapeutically processed (or “medically handled”).

This means that for something to be classified as an ART procedure, it must involve surgically removing eggs from a woman, combining these eggs with sperm in a laboratory, and then placing the resulting embryo into the woman’s body—or donating the embryos to someone else. So, strictly speaking, ART does not include treatments where just sperm alone is processed/handled (i.e., intrauterine—or artificial—insemination), or procedures in which a woman takes medicine only to stimulate her egg production without the intention of having eggs surgically retrieved.

At G5F, the full range of fertility treatment options are available—from the simple to most complex.