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In Vitro Fertilization Information
In IVF, eggs are removed from the woman's ovaries and mixed with the man's sperm in a dish in a laboratory. Once the egg have been fertilized with the sperm, they are implanted in the women’s uterus. 'In vitro' is a Latin term literally meaning 'in glass'.
It refers to the glass container in the laboratory where fertilization takes place. The combination of the egg and sperm outside the body is an in vitro procedure. The female is given fertility drugs to help stimulate the ovary. This helps develop several mature eggs which are required for fertilization.