The technique of joining a man’s sperm and woman’s egg in a laboratory dish is called IVF. In natural process of conceiving, fertilization of the sperm and egg takes place in the woman’s body. The fertilized egg gets attached to the lining of the womb and will continue to grow as a fetus and be born after 9 months. Couples who face difficulty in natural conception will seek the help of Assisted Reproductive Techniques. IVF is one among such techniques which intends to help the infertile couple in conceiving.
There are five basic steps involved in the IVF procedure-
- Super Ovulation or Stimulation
- Retrieving the egg
- Inseminating and fertilization
- Embryo Culture
- Embryo Transfer
The number of couples who opt for IVF has been increasing day by day. IVF has become one of the proven and reliable techniques of assisted reproduction.