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About 2% of babies born in the US are from IVF. Here's what you need to know about it

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Talk to a group of 100 people born in the United States, and chances are two of them were born as the result of in vitro fertilization, said a doctor. In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a common procedure that involves combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory before implanting it. Over 8 million babies have been born using this technology. Cryopreservation of embryos, or freezing after fertilization, is another important part of the IVF process. The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos are children and would be protected under the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act. Experts have voiced concerns about the impact of this ruling on assisted reproduction. IVF is a widely used treatment for infertility and has helped many individuals and couples conceive. It has expanded to address various fertility issues and allows for genetic testing of embryos before implantation. Freezing embryos is beneficial for genetic testing, as it keeps the eggs viable while testing is carried out. Patients may also choose to freeze embryos for medical reasons or to increase their chances of pregnancy in the future. The technology has significantly advanced and now allows for the preservation of unused embryos for future use. Patients often undergo multiple transfers before achieving a successful pregnancy. It is important for couples to make decisions about the disposition and use of their embryos prior to undergoing IVF.