10 Things You Didn’t Know About IVF
- The first donor egg pregnancy was in 1983 in Australia.
- Dolly the Sheep was created in vitro and it was named after the country singer Dolly Parton because the cell used in the experiment came from the mammary gland.
- IVF embryologists are super-worriers and perfectionists by nature!
- Globally around 10 000 people go abroad each year for IVF treatment.
- Embryologists in the UK need a licence to perform ICSI. Not so in some other countries in Europe.
- IVF isn’t actually performed in a test tube but in a petri dish. And apparently fertilisation rate is higher in eggs subjected to music!
- During ICSI, sperm need to be slowed down and immobilised before they can be injected into an egg. Striking the tail of the sperm with the injection needle usually does the trick!
- 47% of women having fertility treatment go on to have a baby of their own.
- Research research suggests that a high protein and low carbohydrate diet in women undergoing treatment can increase the success of IVF.
- Apparently sperm quality is higher in men who wear kilts according to a Scottish Medical Journal. Something to do with cooling the testes. And I thought it was because of porridge!
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