Patient Screening and Selection

  • Martin M. Quigley


In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) is an actual or potential treatment for many different types of infertility, ultimately, the choice for treatment by IVF-ET will result from considerations of the couple’s desires, the capacity of the treatment center and the particular orientation of the treatment team. However, at no time, either now or in the future, should a patient be treated with IVF-ET unless there is no other reasonable treatment available. A reasonable alternative is a treatment which offers either a greater chance of success than that available with IVF-ET or a comparable chance of success with substantially less risk or expense to the patient. Therefore, pretreatment screening of the couple should insure that 1) there is no alternative therapy available, and 2) that they are treatable by IVF-ET.


Embryo Transfer Artificial Insemination Motile Sperm Ovarian Surface Infertile Couple 
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