In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer as a treatment for infertility

Corabian P
Record ID 31998008143
Authors' objectives: The intent of this report is to inform medical practitioners and the public on the current status of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) as a treatment for various types of infertility, and on its use and coverage in Canada.
Authors' recommendations: Reliable conclusions cannot be drawn on the effectiveness of IVF-ET for most indications. The available evidence supports the use of IVF-ET as a treatment of infertility related to damaged, occluded or absent Fallopian tubes. For other indications, the present evidence does not establish whether IVF-ET is more effective than receiving conventional treatment or no treatment at all. Long-term, well-designed, prospective controlled clinical trials are required to determine when and for what indications IVF-ETis effective and what its long-term health effects are on both mothers and their babies.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Fertilization in Vitro
  • Infertility
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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Copyright: <p>Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 1997</p>
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