IVF treatment is the original ‘test-tube’ fertility treatment that was developed over 30 years ago to help women conceive.
IVF has become the most commonly used term to denote fertility treatment and with many people using it as an umbrella term to describe any kind of clinically-aided conception treatment. IVF in fact refers to a specific treatment, whereby eggs taken from the mother-to-be and sperm from the father, are left to unite in a petri dish in the laboratory, rather than in the woman’s body. This allows the embryologist to see when fertilization has occurred.
Each egg is mixed with a drop of thousands of selected strongest sperm from the sample given that day. But only one sperm can enter each egg and fertilize it. Once the eggs have been fertilized, the embryos are given a few days to develop before being reintroduced to the mother’s womb, in order to help ensure the best chances for conceiving.