For some, trying to get pregnant can take months of precise timing and planning before eventually seeking help through assisted reproductive technology like in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF can be the right tool for many, but between the high costs and stress that often comes with the process, you may be left wondering if the IVF success rates will make the toll worth it.

The American Pregnancy Association explains that “IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish.” The combined egg and sperm (called an embryo) are then transferred to the person’s uterus, or they can be frozen for later use.

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