Infertility: Using Ultrasound in ART

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Topic Overview

Most medical centers that treat infertility with assisted reproductive techniques use ultrasound technology to monitor and retrieve eggs. Using ultrasound for instrument guidance in assisted reproductive techniques has advantages over laparoscopy.

Advantages of ultrasound over laparoscopy include:

  • Less trauma.
  • No need for general anesthetic, which can cause complications.
  • Less cost.
  • No need for gas to expand the abdomen so the doctor can see.
  • Being less invasive (especially important when several cycles of treatment are required).

Disadvantages of using ultrasound for guidance include:

  • The inability to stabilize freely mobile ovaries.
  • That less diagnostic information can be obtained.
  • That it cannot be used for gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), the transfer of eggs and sperm into the fallopian tube through a small abdominal incision.
  • That it will be less likely that complications such as internal bleeding will be detected.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofFebruary 2, 2015