Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 defines Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) as all fertility treatments in which either eggs or embryos are handled.

In general terms, ART procedures include surgical removal of eggs from a woman’s ovaries, fusing them with sperm in a fertility lab, and then placing them back in the woman’s body or donating them to another woman (surrogate). Intentions of having the eggs retrieved is essential for performing ART procedures. Treatments that focus on handling sperms or procedures that only stimulate egg production in women are not included in ART procedures. 

Importance of ART

Infertility has been seen as an important health problem by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although infertility is curable, it is still perceived as a taboo in the less developed or developing nations where the woman is blamed, irrespective of her reproductive health thus carrying the blame of the inability to produce a biological child. 

Besides the social significance and gaining acceptance in society, there are medical advantages of opting for ART procedures. ART procedures open multiple options for childbirth. The couples can either opt for sperm, egg donation or gestational carriers (surrogacy). The eggs can also be cryopreserved for future use. This helps couples who want to delay their pregnancy due to personal reasons. There are increased chances of conceiving a healthier child and fewer chances of facing miscarriages.

Career in ART

Since the birth of the world’s first test-tube baby in 1978, the field of Reproductive Medicine has seen a boom in India. The Indian IVF saga has been in the limelight due to this breakthrough in India and has been a popular topic of discussion among the media. Currently, infertility affects 10 to 14 percent of the Indian population with higher rates in urban areas where 1 out of 6 couples is impacted with infertility. Infertility has been considered as a taboo in India and remains as an under-researched reason for failed marriages in the country. However, in recent years a shift in the perception is seen among the urban population and couples have begun to opt for fertility treatments as a means to attaining parenthood. 

Fertility treatments in India have made considerable progress. According to research conducted by MedTech company, nearly 27.5 million couples who actively try to conceive, suffer from infertility, and this number is expected to increase by 10% by 2020. Fertility treatments such as IVF have also seen considerable progress in treating infertility. Therefore, there is a vast scope for pursuing a career in ART. 

Diploma in Assisted Reproductive Technology

OSHERM, in association with University of Hyderabad (UoH), is offering Diploma in Assisted Reproductive Technologies intending to equip post-graduates in life sciences and medical graduates in the diverse aspects of Clinical Embryology or Assisted Reproductive Technology. It is a certified course with promising future opportunities. The course is a perfect amalgamation of theoretical knowledge and practical training. At the end of the course you can expect to be well-versed in the following areas:

  • Basics of Reproductive Biology
  • Basic Andrology – Lab Aspects and TQM
  • Embryo Culture Systems and ART Techniques
  • Embryo Culture Systems and Lab Practicals
  • Ethical Issues and Regulations in ART
  • Setting-up an IVF Lab

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At OSHERM, we are committed to bringing academic excellence, cutting-edge technology, and skilled experience to aspirants who are zealous to learn about ART procedures. We are equipped with all the latest technologies coupled with proven, evidence-based international medical practices. We would encourage you to make full utilization of the courses offered at OSHERM and all the knowledge sharing by our panel of faculty members. Our panel of experienced & expert faculty will mentor you and guide you in building a growing career in the field of Reproductive Medicine.