What’s IVF?

In Vitro literally means ‘in glass’. So In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) actually means ‘fertilisation in glass’, or freely translated: ‘fertilisation outside the body.’

IVF is used when natural fertilisation turns out not to be possible. One or more eggs are brought together with sperm outside the body to achieve fertilisation. If this is successful, the fertilised eggs (embryos) are placed back in the womb and a pregnancy may result.

IVF - hands

IVF may be used to overcome female or male infertility problems and may be an option if you or your partner has:

  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Previous tubal sterilization or removal
  • Impaired sperm production or function
  • Unexplained infertility
  • A genetic disorder
  • Fertility preservation for cancer or other health conditions

Belgium is known for having artificial insemination centers specialized in IVF.