If you’ve experienced multiple miscarriages or have been unable to conceive, your doctor may refer you to a fertility specialist for further investigation.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is the term used to describe medical treatments or procedures that aid in fertility. Common ART procedures include in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), Intrauterine insemination (IUI), ovulation induction, the use of donor eggs or sperm, and/or fertility preservation. ART is something that may be recommended to you by a doctor if you have a family history of a known genetic condition, if you have experienced recurrent miscarriage, or if you have been diagnosed with infertility.Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for Medicare support for treatment.
How may ART help?
How ART can help you depends on your circumstances and the reason why your doctor has recommended for you to undergo ART treatment. If you have a family history of a known genetic condition or are above a certain age, there are tests that can be done through ART to identify which embryos are the healthiest for you to carry. Such tests can include preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), or preimplantation genetic testing for single gene testing (PGT-M).
If you are under the age of 35 years and have been unable to conceive after 12 or more months of unprotected sex, or 6 or more months of unprotected sex if you are over the age of 35, your doctor may refer you to a fertility specialist for further investigation.
For more information about your fertility and ART, speak to your doctor or specialist. You can also find local infertility services by using the Healthdirect find a service tool.