Assisted Reproductive Technology
Assisted reproductive technology has provided some new options for couples wanting to have children. How does technology play a role in child birth?
The options you have when having a baby are greater in number than ever. Whether you're trying decide what the best way for you to conceive or correct problems during your pregnancy, technological advances have provided more ways for you than ever to get the best possible help.
Before you decide which of the new technological ways of having a baby is right for you, you'll want to consult your doctor. He or she can examine your particular situation, find out what the exact problem is, and prescribe the best procedure. Also before you agree to have any of these procedures performed, know what the costs involved will be. You want to talk with your health care provider to make sure the procedure or treatment will be covered, or you'll need to make sure the cost is in your personal budget.
• Clomid. This is a drug that is now on the market that can fight infertility problems in women. One of the biggest problems older women run into when trying to become pregnant is a lack of fertility. Clomid helps women release more eggs and improve their odds of pregnancy.
• Hormone injections, egg retrieval, embryo transfers. These are other new technological ways to help solve the infertility problem with men and women. If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, talk with your doctor about the solutions that may be best for you. Gamet intrafallopian transfer and zygote intrafallopian transfer are two of the more popular technological ways to fight infertility.
• Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. This is a way to fight male infertility that has helped greatly in many cases. One sperm will be injected into an egg outside the uterus. The egg will then be inserted into the uterus.