Assisted Reproductive Services (ARS) enables couples experiencing fertility issues to achieve pregnancy by artificial or partially artificial methods. It’s more commonly known as ‘fertility treatment’.
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a common type of ARS. It is a service that helps women achieve pregnancy with the help of medical treatment. It is used to overcome a range of fertility issues including sperm antibodies, endometriosis or unexplained infertility. Treatment is administered by a fertility specialist, who is supported by a team of nurses, counsellors and scientists.
ARS are separate from maternity, which is a service with its own inclusions and waiting period.
This is simply a definition of ARS, and not an indication of what HBF covers. For more information about what HBF covers for ARS, please see 'Things you need to know about Assisted Reproductive Services'.