What are the pros and cons of assisted reproductive technology (ART)?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 10/06/2016

Obviously, the main advantage of ART is that it gives you the chance to have a baby. On the other hand, the most common disadvantage is associated with fertility drugs, due to the side effects it can cause: headache, bloating, nausea, vaginal bleeding/spotting…

However, fertility drugs are commonly the first choice because of their relative convenience, especially for IVF.

Secondly, reproductive surgery, required to correct anatomical abnormalities or clear blockages in the man or the woman, are usually too invasive, which increases their risk, recovery time and cost. On the other hand, they help increase the chances of getting pregnant.

Perhaps the main disadvantage of all infertility treatments is related to the financing options, since they are always covered by insurance everywhere. Also, in the case of IVF, the likelihood of having twins is higher if multiple embryo transfers are chosen.

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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