In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) used today to help couples overcome infertility problems. The first successful IVF took place in Great Britain in 1978 and it was successful for the first time in America in 1981. In 2013, there were 67,996 live born infants recorded according to the CDC’s Fertility Clinic Success Rates Report.
What is IVF?
As mentioned earlier, IVF was first developed in Great Britain to help women who had blockages or scarring in their fallopian tubes become pregnant. Today, IVF has evolved into a treatment for different kinds of infertility such as infertility caused by endometriosis, male infertility, and even unexplained infertility wherein other fertility treatments did not work.
When a couple chooses to use IVF, this means that the woman’s egg (or it can be a donated egg) is fertilized outside the body. The egg is placed with her partner’s sperm together in a laboratory dish – this is where the fertilization occurs. The embryo or embryos grow, then, in the laboratory for a few days. Afterwards, one or more embryos is transferred into the woman’s uterus where it will implant and grow naturally to a healthy child.
The IVF Procedure
IVF consists of 5 basic steps (all take place during one menstrual cycle):
If you are interested and would want to know more about IVF, set up an appointment with Dr. Fay Weisberg today. She is one of the experts who can answer all your inquiries about this procedure.