10:44 22nd May 2014 | In-Vitro Fertilisation
In-vitro fertlisation (IVF) means fertilisation “in glass” or outside the body. Typically the woman is given drugs to stimulate her ovaries to produce a lot of eggs, more than she ordinarily would in her natural cycle, which are collected by ultrasound guidance and fertilized with the man’s sperms outside the body. This process may be simple (conventional IVF) or require additional micromanipulation and injection of the sperm directly into the egg in a process called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) when the sperms are abnormal. The product of IVF is an embryo which is transferred into the woman’s womb and the hope is that the embryo would implant; develop and grow into a healthy pregnancy and a healthy newborn.
IVF is essential for any couple;
The chances of success with IVF have improved over the years with advancement in technology. These advancements are hinged on dynamic techniques of ovarian stimulation; good culturing techniques which lead to the development of high grade embryos specifically blastocysts. Blastocysts are the stage of the embryo on their fifth day of development.
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