IVF stands for "in vitro fertilization." It is a medical procedure used by couples who have trouble conceiving or who cannot conceive naturally. American Pregnancy Association explains that IVF is a type of assisted reproductive technology, or ART.Continue Reading
IVF involves collecting eggs and sperm outside the body, then fertilizing the eggs under controlled circumstances, explains APA. The eggs are then placed into a uterus for a full-term pregnancy.
IVF is completed in cycles. Each cycle takes approximately six weeks, and most couples need multiple cycles before achieving a viable pregnancy, says BabyCenter. According to BabyCenter, there is only a 35 percent chance that an IVF cycle results in a successful implantation and a slightly less than 30 percent chance that a cycle results in a baby.Learn more about Pregnancy