In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a medical procedure used to help couples who are unable to conceive a child naturally. IVF involves retrieving eggs from a woman's ovaries and fertilizing them with a man's sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized eggs are then implanted into the woman's uterus. If you're struggling to conceive, IVF may be an option worth considering. Learn more about the procedure and what it entails by reading our article, "What you should know about In Vitro Fertilization."

What you should know about In Vitro Fertilization

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a method of assisted reproductive technology in which eggs are retrieved from a woman’s ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. The resulting embryos are then transferred back into the woman’s uterus. IVF is used to treat a variety of fertility problems, including:

  • Ovulation disorders
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage
  • Male factor infertility

IVF can also be used to help couples conceive when they are using donor eggs, sperm or embryos. The first IVF baby was born in 1978, and since then, more than 5 million babies have been born worldwide using this fertility treatment.