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What is In vitro fertilization (IVF) and how is it used to treat female infertility?

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In vitro fertilization (IVF). In this technique, your doctor puts embryos that were fertilized in a dish in your uterus.

You take gonadotropins that trigger the development of more than one egg. When the eggs are mature, your doctor collects them using a needle with a vaginal ultrasound for guidance. 

Sperm are then collected, washed, and added to the eggs in the dish. Several days later, embryos -- or fertilized eggs -- get put back into your uterus with a device called an intrauterine insemination catheter.

If you and your partner agree, extra embryos can be frozen and saved to use later.

SOURCES:

News release, Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
The March of Dimes.
The American Fertility Association.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 26, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
The March of Dimes.
The American Fertility Association.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 26, 2019

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