IVF means in vitro fertilization, or commonly known as “test-tube baby”, because the woman’s eggs and the man’s sperm are fertilized in a Petri dish. During the IVF process, a patient’s natural cycle is carefully handled through the use of fertility medications. These medications stimulate the ovaries to produce a number of mature eggs. At the right time, the eggs are retrieved from the ovaries. At this time, the male supplies a sperm sample. The eggs and sperm are placed in a Petri dish to fertilize before the embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus.
When is IVF recommended?
- Unable to have timed intercourse
- When timed intercourse are unsuccessful
- The male has been diagnosed with severe infertility