A complex process in which eggs are retrieved from the woman's ovaries and mixed with sperm in a dish in the laboratory. “In vitro” is a Latin term literally meaning “in glass,” even though the fertilisation takes place in a dish.
IVF is an assisted conception treatment in which eggs and sperm are mixed in a petri dish in a laboratory in the hope that the eggs will be fertilised. Up to three developing embryos can then be transferred to the woman's uterus with the aim of achieving pregnancy. "In vitro" is Latin for "in glass", and refers to the glass dish in which fertilisation takes place.
Laboratory fertilisation of an egg by a sperm. The fertilised egg is then implanted in the female reproductive tract