The A.R.T. Center at Women's & Children's Hospital is Acadiana’s premier, full-service infertility treatment center.
The Assisted Reproductive Technologies, especially IVF, represent a tremendous advance in the treatment of infertility. Every couple attempting this type of therapy should understand the nuances of the treatment and be realistic about their chance of success.
Careful evaluation of the infertility problem, full pre-screening, and an individualized approach to treatment will maximize each couple’s chances for success. Our goal is to help you understand the process, its risks and benefits, and develop a treatment plan that will optimize your chances of achieving a pregnancy and delivering a baby.
Procedures & Treatment
Once your diagnosis is established, a treatment plan will be customized to your unique situation. The recommended approach will depend on your age, diagnosis, duration of infertility, previous treatments, and personal preferences.
The objective of fertility treatments is to create the best environment for conception to occur. It is not as simple as “pushing a button” to correct a particular problem. Many times a combination of fertility treatments are necessary to achieve a pregnancy.
Commonly recommended treatments include:
- Stimulation of ovulation
- Artificial insemination
- Surgery to correct any reproductive problems
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (A.R.T.) is a group of treatment options for couples with infertility that cannot be treated using simpler methods. These procedures have excellent success rates but require significant efforts. These techniques include:
- In Vitro Fertilization
- Fertilization by Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI),
- Blastocyst Culture
- Assisted Hatching
- Embryo Cryopreservation
Who Should Seek Help?
Eighty-five percent of all couples trying to conceive will become pregnant within one year. Approximately one in six couples will have difficulty conceiving and may consider seeking medical help to identify the possible causes of infertility.
An infertility evaluation should be performed after one year of trying without conception if the woman is less than 35 years of age. If the woman is over 35, couples should seek evaluation from an infertility specialist after 6 months, since fertility potential decreases with age.
Diagnosis & Testing
A comprehensive infertility evaluation should be completed by your physician to establish a diagnosis and treatment plan. This plan is designed to answer many important questions that will help your physician recommend the most appropriate treatment. These questions include:
- Is the patient ovulating?
- Are the fallopian tubes normal?
- Is the uterus receptive to implantation?
- Are the sperm normal?