In Vitro Fertilization
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process where sperm and an egg are joined together outside of the body to create an embryo. The embryo can then be inserted into a mother's uterus.
Fallopian Tube, Ovary, and Uterus
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IVF is done to help a woman become pregnant when there is difficulty becoming pregnant naturally.
It is most often done when infertility is due to:
- Damaged fallopian tubes
- Ovulation disorders
- Cervical factors
- Male factors, such as low sperm count or poor-quality sperm
Last reviewedMarch 2014by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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