In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproduction technology (ART) in which a woman’s egg (or a donated egg) is fertilized in a laboratory with her partner’s sperm or donated sperm. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the uterus to develop naturally.
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What is the Two Week Wait (2WW)? Following infertility treatment, there’s the inevitable two-week wait before taking a pregnancy test. If the treatment was successful, your body will already be going through changes, some noticeable, others imperceptible. What’s happening inside the uterus is impossible to literally feel, but can set off all sorts of palpable symptoms, both emotional and physical.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a laboratory technique used with in vitro fertilizaton (IVF). The technique involves injecting a single living sperm directly into the center of woman's egg. "By using ICSI, we're doing everything we can to maximize the fertilization rate and embryo quality that develops," says Ed Marut, M.D., a fertility doctor and medical director of Fertility Centers of Illinois.
Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.