Successfully fertilised eggs are referred to as embryo(s). As a result of IVF, multiple eggs may be recovered and fertilised. In terms of the law, the number of fresh embryo(s) that may be transferred is limited to a maximum of three (3) embryo(s). If multiple fertilised eggs (embryo(s)) are produced during an IVF cycle, some of these embryo(s) may be frozen and stored. This reduces the risk of multiple births while creating opportunities for future pregnancy by transfer of frozen/thawed embryo(s), sometimes avoiding additional egg retrieval procedures.
In Vitro Fertilisation
In Vitro Fertilisation is defined as the process of spontaneous fertilisation of an ovum with a male sperm outside the body in an authorised institution. Simply put, In Vitro Fertilisation is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as ‘IVF’. IVF is the process of fertilisation by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish.
Oocyte (Egg) Cryopreservation
Oocyte (egg) freezing is a breakthrough technology that allows women to retrieve, freeze and store their oocyte (egg) indefinitely. Once a pregnancy is desired, the oocyte (egg) can be thawed, fertilized and placed within the uterus in order to initiate a pregnancy. Oocyte (egg) freezing freezing involves several steps as outlined below.
Posthumous use of Sperm, Oocytes and Embryos
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