In Vitro Fertilization

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When other fertility treatments are not appropriate or have failed, in vitro fertilization (IVF) can help you get pregnant. It is an established treatment for many forms of infertility.

IVF allows you to get pregnant using your own eggs and sperm from your partner or a donor.

How IVF Works

An IVF cycle typically includes the following steps:

  • Medications to grow multiple eggs

  • Retrieval of eggs from the ovary or ovaries
  • Insemination of eggs with sperm in a laboratory
  • Culture of any resulting fertilized eggs (embryos)

  • Transfer of one or more embryo(s) into the uterus

  • Support of the uterine lining with hormones to permit and sustain pregnancy.

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