Assisted Fertilization

Fertility Treatments in Argentina

All those methods that are used to bring female (eggs) and male (sperm) gametes closer together by artificial means in order to improve the likelihood of pregnancy are called assisted reproductive technology (ART). These methods are generally used in cases where medical or surgical treatments are not prescribed or have not been successful.

These assisted reproduction technologies originally developed to treat cases of male infertility, such as coital disorders or low sperm motility, assisting the deposit of sperm into the vagina. These methods of vaginal insemination were then pushed into the background by cervical and intrauterine insemination, in order to bring the sperm closer to the egg.

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Fertility treatments are usually performed using controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in order to obtain an adequate number of ovules and embryos. If more embryos than the ones needed are obtained, these embryos are preserved using a technique known as cryopreservation, through which embryos are preserved at very low temperatures.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is a laboratory procedure developed to help infertile couples undergoing IVF due to male infertility or subfertility. ICSI is a form of micromanipulation that involves the injection of a single sperm directly into the cytoplasm of a mature egg using a glass needle.

The IVF process consists in fertilizing an egg with sperm in a laboratory. However, the fertilizing process is completely natural since approximately 50,000 sperm are placed with each egg which is naturally penetrated by one of them.

Oocyte Donation is used for women who cannot produce their own eggs or produce poor quality eggs incapable of forming a viable embryo. This process involves the fertilization of the eggs with sperm from the patient's partner. The embryos develop in the laboratory and are transferred into the woman's uterus


Gustavo Gallardo, M.D.

Professional Medical License: 6273. Specialty License: 7809

  • Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics

  • Certified in Reproductive Medicine and Reproductive Biology, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France.

  • Certified in High-Risk Pregnancy, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France.

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Written by Gustavo Gallardo, M.D.
Last update: 13/01/2019
Note: This information serves as support and does not replace your doctors opinion.