In vitro literally translates to “in glass,” referring to the glass laboratory containers in which an in vitro fertilization (IVF) occurs. Although babies fertilized in vitro are commonly called “test tube babies” (mind you, this isn’t the most politically correct terminology), in vitro fertilization actually take place in a petri dish.
Today, a procedure performed in vitro simply means outside the body or living organism. The blastocyst/embryo is implanted inside the uterus after fertilization occurs.
IVF requires three things for success: ...Continue Reading →