What is in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

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  • AHealthyWomen answered
    In vitro fertilization (IVF) is used when a woman has blocked or absent fallopian tubes, when a man has a low sperm count or for other causes of infertility not responding to conventional treatment.

    In IVF, drugs are given to stimulate multiple eggs to develop, and then eggs are removed from the ovary and mixed with sperm outside the body in a petri dish. After about 24 hours, the eggs are examined to see if they've been fertilized and are growing. Some of these fertilized eggs (embryos) are then placed in the woman's uterus.

    The average cost of an IVF treatment in the United States is about $12,000.
  • AHealthwise answered

    In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a procedure that involves collecting a woman's eggs from her ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm in a laboratory. The resulting fertilized eggs are then transferred to the uterus through the cervix.

    Any embryos that implant in the uterus may then result in pregnancy and the birth of one or more infants.

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  • AEric Flisser, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology, answered
    In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a procedure that involves retrieving eggs and sperm from the bodies of the male and female partners and placing them together in a laboratory dish to enhance fertilization. Fertilized eggs are then transferred several days later into the female partner's uterus, where implantation and embryo development will hopefully occur as in a normal pregnancy. IVF is performed by physicians who specialize in reproductive medicine and have received additional education and training in the evaluation and treatment of male and female infertility. IVF was originally developed in the early 1970s to treat infertility caused by blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. In 1978, the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born in the United Kingdom. Since then, the number of IVF procedures performed each year has increased, and the success rate has improved significantly.
  • AJeffrey Klein, MD, Diagnostic Radiology, answered
    In vitro fertilization (IVF) refers to fertilization taking place outside the body in a laboratory Petri dish. There, the egg of a female partner or donor is joined with sperm. With IVF, the ovaries must be hyper stimulated, usually with fertility drugs, allowing retrieval of multiple mature eggs. After three to five days of incubation, the fertilized egg (embryo) is inserted in the uterus and normal pregnancy should result.
  • AJohn K. Jain, MD, OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered
    Dr. John Jain - What is in vitro fertilization (IVF)?

    Reproductivve endocinologist Dr. John Jain explains what in vitro fertilization (IVF) is and describes the process. Watch Dr. Jain's video for information on reproductive health.

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