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A 34-year-old male asked:

What is in vitro fertilization?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
IVF: In-vitro fertilization is the most advanced art (assisted reproductive technology) for helping women become pregnant. What is unique about ivf is the woman's oocytes (eggs) are removed from her body to be fertilized in the laboratory with male partner's sperm. Resulting embryos are placed back in her uterus a few days later.
Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 44 years experience
Outside the Body: In Vitro means outside the body. So, IVF means fertilization outside the body. We remove the eggs from a woman's ovaries and collect a semen sample from the man for sperm. In the embryology laboratory, the sperm and eggs are combined to allow fertilization into embryos. We culture embryos for 3-5 days and then place them into the woman uterus and hope for implantation and a baby.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is in vitro fertilization safe?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: People who have been properly counseled, and enter IVF voluntarily have few complications short or long-term. The procedure is successful, risks are limited, and significant complications are uncommon, if not rare.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the disadvantages of in vitro fertilization?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
IVF: is very safe and can be highly successful; it is usually expensive and can be stressful to go through.

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