In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer as a treatment for infertility

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) HTA Report #3.

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. The report has been prepared because of the interest and debate regarding funding of IVF services in Alberta.

This report considers specific aspects of IVF-ET and is not intended as a comprehensive review of all issues related to this technology. The aim has been to provide an up-to-date review of the studies conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of IVF-ET as a treatment of the various types of infertility and to present the available information on its use and coverage in Canada. Some discussion is included on the use and value of different types of outcome measure.


NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents produced in and prior to 2006 have different formats; the format was determined by the agency for which the document was produced.

Publication Type: Health Technology Assessments /
Systematic Reviews

Year of Publication: 1997

Topics: Maternal and Child Health, Therapy

Authors: Paula Corabian

ISBN (print): 0-9697154-3-9

ISSN: 1704-1090

ISSN (online): 1704-1104