What is an IVF-ling?
You may think that 'IVF-lings' is a funny name for a website, but the name 'IVF-ling' (or 'IVFling') is a term used to describe a child who has been conceived through the assistance of IVF. The word is a combination of the abbreviation 'IVF' (which stands for In Vitro Fertilisation) and the suffix 'ling' which is used to describe something young and new e.g. duckling, yearling, seedling.
Previously, this group of young people were also known as 'Test-tube babies' because the initial conception during the IVF process took place in a test tube. Nowadays, it is more common to use a Petri dish.
This website has been created to bring together this group of young people and to help them, their parents and others gain an understanding about IVF, how it came to be, how it helps couples create a family, research undertaken into children born from IVF and lots, lots more. The aim is to make this a comfortable place for you to ask questions and also to help dispel some of the myths associated with IVF and other fertility treatments.
It’s great to have you here!
Interview with a New Zealand IVF-ling - Julia Rogan
Read what it's truly like to be an IVF-ling in an interview with a 22 year old Julia Rogan. She speaks openly about her conception, parents and childhood. Hear what she has to say about our IVF-lings website, current medical research and growing up with an understanding of how she was conceived.
Read full article here
Other fertility treatments
As well as IVF
, there are other fertility treatments which are used to assist people to have a family. Sometimes when only a little bit of help is needed to achieve a pregnancy, low technology fertility treatments are used. Examples of these are:
- Ovulation Induction (OI) - a drug treatment used to help women with irregular or absent menstrual cycles (periods) to produce eggs each month.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) – a treatment where the woman’s monthly cycle is monitored through the use of ultrasound and blood tests, and at the time of ovulation (when eggs are produced) a prepared sample of sperm is placed into the uterus using a fine catheter (tube).
Another variation on IVF is a procedure which is used to screen for genetic conditions such as Huntington’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and more:
- Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) – this is a special type of biopsy. The embryo created using IVF is sampled when it is 8 cells old. A cell is carefully removed and it’s genetic material is screened to find out whether the embryo carries the genetic condition or not. Parents can then decide whether they want to replace the embryo into the woman's uterus. Over 20 babies have been born following the PGD procedure since 2005.
In some cases, the poor quality or quantity of sperm or eggs (or in some instances both), mean that a donor is used to provide either the egg, sperm or embryo. These include:
- Donor Sperm – where the sperm is donated from a male other than a paternal parent, and used in either an IUI procedure (known as Donor insemination (DI)) or with IVF / ICSI.
- Donor Egg – where the egg is donated from a woman other than the maternal parent. In this case, the only option for treatment is IVF / ICSI.
- Donor Embryo – where the embryo from one couple is donated to someone else who is unable to conceive. Couples who have undergone IVF and have finished having their family, but have any embryos still remaining from their IVF cycle, may donate these to another couple or woman to help them start their family.
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