In IVF, eggs are harvested from the woman’s ovary and fertilized in the laboratory with sperm. The embryos are then transferred into the uterus.
Using ultrasound to view the ovary, the physician inserts the needle through the wall of the vagina into the ovary and removes the egg for use in IVF or GIFT.
Hormones may be administered to the woman to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are then retrieved from the ovary.
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