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The Future of Fertility

Thirty years ago people suffering from infertility had few treatment options — surgery or hormonal therapy for the woman and varicocoele repair for the man. The birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, marked a genuine medical breakthrough. Initially, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) was used only to treat fallopian tube damage. Since then other associated technologies such as Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Embryo Cryopreservation, Assisted Hatching, Egg Donation, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) have contributed greatly to fertility treatment for male infertility, optimal use of extra embryos, older patients, genetic diseases and other conditions. These technologies collectively became known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies or ART. Newer approaches such as Single Embryo Transfer (SET) are helping to ensure treatment success while reducing complications such as multiple pregnancy. ARC and its network physicians have been leaders in much of the research and clinical progress that has helped bring The Future of Fertility™ to hundreds of thousands of patients.

Today, The Future of Fertility continues to be fulfilled with the more recent implementation of advances in reproductive technologies such as blastocyst culture, single embryo transfer and micro-surgical sperm aspiration. These procedures are enabling ARC’s physicians to achieve even higher live birth,rates, lower multiple pregnancy rates and treat the most extreme cases of male infertility.

The Future of Fertility will see further spectacular advances especially in the area of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (PGD/S), egg freezing and in vitro maturation. Stem cell research using embryos is also ushering in a new era in all of medicine, so that The Future of Fertility will help finding cures for many untreatable diseases across the entire spectrum of health care.

As advanced fertility diagnosis and treatment technologies continue to develop, possibilities become realities, allowing more patients to build the family of their dreams. Despite these technological advances, however, many who could benefit from their application are not aware of them or feel emotionally unprepared to embrace them. Furthermore, many patients cannot afford treatments because they are not covered under their insurance plans.

Therefore, in addition to providing sophisticated technologies and treatments through the largest network of reproductive medicine specialists, Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc (ARC) teaches the public about The Future of Fertility through multiple media initiatives and its physicians’ offices. Additionally and significantly, ARC has created The ARC Fertility Program™ (formerly known as the ARC Family Building Program™) which also provides innovative financial solutions to make fertility treatments and reproductive technologies affordable and available to those who can benefit from them. ARC is proud of its accomplishments in clinical medicine, education and financial services that have brought The Future of Fertility to so many in need and is committed to continued important contributions to The Future of Fertility.