A Little MoreAbout In-Vitro Fertilization...

There are many physical reasons for infertility that have to be addressed with a doctor to allow a couple to become pregnant, but in many cases, the only option for some couples is to consider IVF.

IVF is one of the most effective procedures that can be done using the couple's own eggs and sperm, as well as eggs, sperm and embryos from anonymous donors.

In some cases, a gestational carrier (basically a woman who has a pre-formed embryo implanted into her uterus) may be necessary to bring the child to term safely. IVF is recommended to women over 40 years of age who want to become pregnant, but it's most often used as a necessity to overcome issues including:

  • Fallopian tube blockage
  • IVF for fertility preservation
  • Genetic disorders
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Endometriosis
  • Tubal sterilization or removal
  • Infertility
  • Impaired sperm production/function
  • Uterine fibroids

IVF involves a series of steps before a fertilized egg can be implanted in the mother or carrier's uterus. If all goes well, the embryo should implant itself in the side of the uterus in 6-10 days. This process will be closely monitored by doctors to make sure the pregnancy will progress in a healthy way.

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