What is In Vitro Fertilization?

If you are seeking a solution to your infertility it is highly likely you have already heard about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Many couples turn to IVF as an infertility treatment when other methods of conception have failed. But just what is it exactly and why should you consider it?

Let’s start with a simple explanation of IVF.

What is In Vitro Fertilization?

The clue to this treatment is in the Latin phrase ‘In vitro’, which literally means ‘in glass’. A more commonly used term to describe this process is ‘Test Tube Baby’.

Conception takes place outside the biological body, in an artificial environment. That is to say, in vitro fertilization occurs under laboratory conditions and not inside the mother’s womb.

The process involves hormonally controlling the ovulatory process.

The woman receives multiple injections of fertility drugs before having her eggs removed. Her eggs are fertilized by male sperm, left to culture in a fluid medium outside the body.

Once the zygote (the fertilized egg) is fertilized it is returned to the woman’s womb in order to establish a successful pregnancy.

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