Is there any difference between them to begin with? The answer is NO. In-Vitro Fertilization(IVF) and test-tube babies are the same, there is no scientific difference between them. In-Vitro Fertilization is the scientific name given to the procedure and Test tube baby is a more commonly used term. Test tube baby is actually the whole procedure simplified in three words.
What are IVF and test-tube babies?
- We hear about IVF and test-tube babies quite often, even they are being advertised on newspapers, televisions, and hospital boards.
- But what is the procedure of IVF and why do people opt for this option?
- In-Vitro Fertilization in simple words means fertilization inside a test tube.
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Why do people go for an IVF test-tube tube baby?
- A natural conception is where a male sperm penetrates a woman’s egg.
- It can be done after ovulation.
- Ovulation means a mature egg has been released from the ovaries.
- And the mature egg and male sperm fertilize in the woman’s body. This fertilized egg then gets attached to the wall of the uterus, famously known as the womb. where it grows and turns into a baby for the next nine months. This is known as a natural pregnancy and also shows that both the parents, male and female, are fertile.
- If the woman can’t release an egg and the male sperm is not able to enter the woman’s body that means they are infertile. And if there are some natural reasons that they can’t have a baby, fertility treatment is an option.
- People who have taken fertility drugs to increase the chances of having a child and it didn’t work can go for an IVF and test tube option and also women with blocked fallopian tubes are advised to opt for a test tube baby.
- Parents who really want to have a child of their own, but couldn’t have, should run towards the IVF and test tube baby option.
What’s the procedure of IVF?
- The woman is required to take a medicine that will suppress their natural menstrual cycle.
- Follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH) are given to the woman that makes ovaries produce more eggs.
- Then a needle is inserted into an ovary through the vagina to collect the eggs. This is known as follicular aspiration.
- The collected eggs and the male sperm are kept together in an environment that is scientifically approved.
- After a few hours, the sperm enters the egg and the fertilized egg then divides and becomes an embryo.
- Then the embryos are placed in the womb by inserting a thin tube through the vagina. The growth process begins after the embryo attaches itself to the lining of the womb.
The confusion that arises that there is a difference between IVF and a test tube baby is because of a lack of education about these topics. Even though IVF has become widespread among people, in many places, it still is taboo.
People started using the term, test-tube baby because the embryo was formed in the test tube instead of the fallopian tube, so people started using it commonly.