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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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.
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.
Time lapse technology is a non-invasive way to judge embryos and their viability, explains Dr. Thomas Poole, embryologist and director of the assisted reproductive technology laboratory at Fertility Center of San Antonio.
Time lapse imaging, a non-invasive technology, provides one more piece of information that helps judge an embryo's viability and helps choose the best embryo to transfer in a fresh IVF cycle, explains Dr. Thomas Poole, embryologist and director of the assisted reproductive technology laboratory at Fertility Center of San Antonio.