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Human Reproduction
Recent medical advances in the treatment of infertility offer our medical travel patients new hope. Hospitals within the MedTrava overseas network are on the leading edge of the newest technologies and treatment options. Impressive scientific advances in the area of assisted reproductive technologies offer more and more options to successfully treat infertile couples abroad.
ICSI -Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection   IVF –In Vitro Fertilization
With ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, the embryologist injects a single sperm into a single egg. This technique helps couples who are infertile because of male infertility factors, such as the inability of the man's sperm to fertilize an egg.

ICSI was developed by reproductive medical specialists in Belgium. Today, with more than a thousand "ICSI" babies born worldwide, the technique is no longer considered experimental. It has been endorsed by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

In most ART procedures, the embryologist mixes the egg with millions of sperm. This approach is successful in 3 out of 4 cases. ICSI improves the odds in difficult cases, since the sperm does not have to travel to the egg or penetrate it. In addition, the embryologist needs only one sperm to fertilize the egg, not 60 million.
IVF and other ART Procedures (Artificial Insemination)
The more advanced fertility procedures that involve removing eggs from the female partner or a donor are collectively known as assisted reproductive technologies (ART). These procedures give physicians the ability to bypass or correct some obstacles in the natural reproductive cycle. ART is often used after hormonal therapy alone fails.

Most ART procedures involve a common set of steps that are based on in vitro fertilization (IVF), the artificial insemination process used for the first "test tube baby." In IVF, the doctor uses hormonal medications to stimulate the ovaries, gathers the eggs, fertilizes the eggs in vitro (outside the body), then transfers the resulting embryos through the cervix into the uterus.

After a thorough workup, the medical travel practitioner suggests a treatment that best suits the couple's specific situation, either IVF or one of the other ART procedures available today.

Male factor infertility may benefit from microfertilization processes, such as ICSI, which uses one sperm to fertilize an egg.
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