Frozen embryos being removed from storage

Frozen embryos being removed from storage

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Caption: In vitro fertilisation (IVF): technician removing frozen embryos from storage. In IVF, fertility drugs are given to potential mothers to stimulate the production of several ova, rather than the usual one. These are then harvested, usually by laparoscopy, and are fertilised in a petri dish, using a fresh or frozen sample of the husband's sperm. If fertilisation is successful, the embryos are incubated for up to 42 hours and then transferred back into the woman's uterus via a catheter inserted through the cervix. 3-4 embryos are often introduced to increase the probability that one will implant. Any surplus embryos can be frozen and stored for possible future use.

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Keywords: embryo, fertility treatment, fertilization, frozen for ivf, healthcare, in vitro fertilisation, infertile, infertility, ivf, medical, medicine, technique

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