Friday, November 26, 2010

In vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection

What a powerful, interesting set of words.

In vitro fertilization is the process by which a woman's eggs are taken from her ovaries and fertilized by a man's sperm outside of the body. The fertilized eggs, or zygotes, are then transferred back into the woman's uterus with the hopes of establishing a successful pregnancy. In vitro fertilization or IVF is commonly used to combat female factor infertility.

In vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or IVF w/ICSI is a method more commonly used to combat male factor infertility. This is the process by which, in the same way as in IVF, a woman's eggs are taken from her ovaries and fertilized by a man's sperm outside the body. The way IVF w/ICSI differs is the method by which the sperm fertilize the eggs outside of the body. Generally, in cases where this is necessary, the male sperm has morphology problems. (The shape of the sperm.)

IVF w/ICSI is the road that we would have to be taking if we were to go the medical route instead of pursuing adoption. At this point, we are very prayerfully considering this option. We aren't 100% sure of anything, yet, except that we want to become parents.

Step one.... pray.

Step two... save money.

Step three... find a doctor that we can actually trust.

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