IVF is a shortcut term for In Vitro Fertilization. It’s a method where a woman’s egg cells are taken outside of her body and would be fertilized by sperm cells.
Usually, the fertilization occurs in a Petri dish thus the misconception that it occurs on test tubes since babies that are born because of IVF are called test-tube babies.
IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is an option for couples who have tried other methods to conceive a baby. It can be quite expensive but it’s worth a try if a couple is desperate in wanting to have a baby. Usually, in IVF cases, the babies born are multiple.
This is because more than 1 fertilized egg cell is planted back in the woman. After check-up and the doctor detected more than 1 egg cell has thrived, they can either terminate other egg cells if consented by the mother.
In the case of the octuplets which became such a piece of big news, she had an IVF procedure done as well. More than 1 egg cell was planted and therefore she had more kids. A fertilized egg cell could multiply and in her case, more than 1 egg cell survived and they also multiplied thus, she had 8 babies.
IVF can be a God-sent to couples who really want to conceive. Also, a woman after menopause can still have a baby as well. It may be costly but it’s been proven effective and it blessed many couples with healthy babies already.