In-Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, is a process designed to help women achieve pregnancy. Continuing on in the natural progression of complexity, we arrive at IVF. There may be many reasons why a couple is unable to become pregnant, and a thorough investigation of both partners is appropriate before making any decisions about treatment.
The first baby born through IVF was Louise Brown, through the pioneering efforts of Dr's Steptoe and Edwards, in 1978. Originally, IVF was designed to help women with tubal disease, but today IVF is able to help couples with many different problems achieve a healthy pregnancy.
This process offers a great chance for conception. Instead of an insemination, your eggs will be retrieved, and fertilized outside of the body. The embryos will develop in the lab for a few days and will then be transferred back into the uterus. Approximately two weeks after the egg retrieval a blood test will determine if conception occurred.
ICSI is performed in conjunction with IVF treatment. It is done in order to help treat male infertility. Only one sperm is needed, it is then injected directly into the egg. ICSI is the most successful male infertility treatment available.