In vitro fertilization (IVF or IVF/ET)

In vitro fertilization (IVF or IVF/ET)

The process of external fertilization—literally translating to, “fertilization in glass.” First, a woman takes fertility drugs for several days that stimulate her ovaries to produce mature eggs. Then, right before ovulation, her eggs are retrieved in minor surgery using suction to remove the eggs. Afterwards, the eggs are fertilized in a lab using partner or donor sperm, and then the fertilized embryos are transferred back into her body or a surrogate’s (potentially after some genetic testing).

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