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FAQ | Fertility

What is IVF?

Mbali Lechler, managing director of FertilityCareSA, an egg donation and surrogacy programme based in Cape Town, says IVF is an acronym for in vitro fertilization (‘in-vitro’ meaning ‘in glass’). In -vitro usually refers to outside the body (as opposed to ‘in-vivo’, or ‘inside the body’).

According to Dr, Femi Olarogun, a fertility specialist who consults for FertilityCareSA, IVF is the process of obtaining fertilisation in the laboratory between sperms and oocytes harvested and the later transferring of the developing embryo into the uterus.

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