Overview of IVF (In vitro fertilization)
•In vitro fertilization (IVF) is on of the more popular and most recommended infertility treatments because of its high success rates.
•IVF combines a man’s sperm with a woman’s egg in a laboratory dish, and the resulting embryo (fertilized egg) is implanted in the woman’s uterus.
•IVF is an effective way to overcome multiple infertility issues to achieve pregnancy.
What is IVF?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a means of assisted reproduction that combines a man’s sperm with a woman’s egg in a laboratory dish. Once fertilized, the egg can be tested for genetic disorders. One or more of the embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus, where they hopefully will implant and develop into a normal pregnancy. Unused embryos can be preserved by being frozen (cryopreservation) for future use.
Since the birth of the first IVF baby in 1978, 4 million babies worldwide have been born with the assistance of IVF. In 2010, IVF pioneer Robert Edwards won the Nobel Prize for medicine. Long-term studies have shown IVF children are just as healthy and intelligent as children conceived normally.
IVF treatment is one of the most popular and most recommended for achieving pregnancy because it has the highest success rate of all the infertility treatment options. Conception rates for younger couples trying to achieve pregnancy naturally are 20 to 25 percent. Currently, the national pregnancy rate average with IVF is better than one in three, and can be as high as 40 to 45 percent depending on the woman’s age.
At first, IVF was used to treat women with blocked, damaged, or absent fallopian tubes. Today, however, IVF is used to treat many causes of infertility. Medical advancements have also enabled doctors to successfully implant only one embryo at a time, which decreases the health risks to both mother and babies associated with multiples.
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