A step-by-step guide to the process of IVF, from egg fertilisation to incubation, and the story of the world's first IVF baby.
- In Vitro Fertilisation is a procedure whereby a human egg is fertilised in a test tube and then placed in the mother's womb to grow.
- IVF has a fairly high rate of failure, with only 25% of embryos leading to a birth.
- Despite its low success rate, IVF has helped more than 3 million couples conceive.
- The first 'test tube baby' was born in 1978.
In Vitro Fertilisation or IVF is a procedure whereby a human egg is fertilised in a test tube and then placed back into the mother's womb to grow.
In vitro means:
In a test tube
Outside a living organism.
'In glass' in Latin
IVF can address fertility problems such as damaged fallopian tubes ...
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