Practicum 3 - Tara Larkin Practicum 3 1 In Vitro...

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Tara Larkin 1 Practicum 3 In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know What is In Vitro? In Vitro Fertilization or IVF is when a technician manually fertilizes an egg with sperm in a laboratory dish and places the embryo into the uterus. There are five main steps in this procedure: 1. Monitor and stimulate the growth and development of healthy egg(s) in the woman’s ovary. 2. Take the eggs from the ovary. 3. Secure the sperm. 4. Combine the eggs and sperm together in a lab and provide the appropriate environment for fertilization to take place. 5. Transfer embryos into the uterus. Who is a Candidate? Couples who have trouble conceiving are a prime candidate for IVF. The History The IVF procedure was first successfully administered in 1978 by Dr. Edwards and Dr. Steptoe in England. Over 300,000 babies have been born worldwide thanks to IVF (statistic from 2002 report) The Risks As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. There is a chance of multiple births with multiple embryos placed in the uterus. Also, there is a slightly increased risk for genetic disorders in children who have been conceived using IVF, but some studies argue this
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