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I'm the type of person who goes blindly into a lot of situations simply based on my gut. However, in vitro fertilization (IVF) isn't going to be that sort of situation. I've had enough friends go through infertility treatment that I know how much is involved and how much is at stake. Now's the time to do as much research as possible to give our family the best chance at growing in the future.

And as someone who is gearing up to go through IVF in the near future, I know that research on the topic is a big part of the beginning stages. And I also know that the process is very intricate and complicated, so I'll be getting lots of information from my doctor along the way. But you have to start somewhere.

In case you're very new to infertility treatments, here's a quick rundown: IVF is an assisted reproductive technology that involves the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving sperm, and then manually combining the egg and sperm outside the body. The embryo(s) are then transferred to the uterus, resulting in a pregnancy if the process is successful. 

While your doctor will walk you through the details of IVF when the time comes, there are some things you should know beforehand.