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11 Facts You Never Knew About Test Tube Babies

A lady may be proud of many things in life, but nothing can beat a feeling of her being a mother. Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you have gained from having one. Alas! Every woman cannot enjoy a life of motherhood as there are several complications that a woman has to face in her life from birth to death.Carrying an unborn in her womb for nine months may be painful for her but having a no sign of weight in the womb is the most painful feeling a heart can handle. Therefore, a couple has two ways left: they either adopt a child or have a test tube baby. According to Times Of India, more than 3.5 million babies are born worldwide with the help of fertility treatments every year.Here are some facts about test tube babies. 

The IVF  

It is called the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It is the process of fertilising an egg outside the woman’s body. The ovum or the ova eggs of a woman are removed during the menstrual cycle, then placed in a dish with the sperm of a donor. The sperm fertilises the eggs naturally in fluids, which is placed into the womb of the woman for continuing the pregnancy.  

First Test Tube Baby:

Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube (IVF) baby, was born at Oldham General Hospital on July 25, 1978, in the United Kingdom. 

Wine glasses:

It is believed that before the invention of test tubes, wine glasses were used for storage by chemists. Michael Faraday is known for the invention of test tubes. 


Success rates decline as a woman ages. A woman under 35 has the greatest chances of achieving success, said emedicinehealth.com.  

Multiple births:

According to emedicinehealth.com, about 63% of women who opt for IVF give birth to single babies, 32% of them deliver twins and 5% of them give birth to triplets or more.  


A study covered nearly 1,000 test tube babies in five European countries found that the children of 0-5 years were born as normal babies. 

Normal baby of a test tube baby:

The notion that a test tube baby may never have his or her own normal baby is wrong. This wasn’t the case with Louise Brown who gave birth to her children by natural process, says express.com   

Petri Dish:

According to express.com, IVF is not performed in a test tube. It is conducted in a petri dish.


According to reports, IVF costs Rs 60,000 - Rs 80,000. However, the cost has decreased in last few years and is less than heart surgeries, says practo.com.  

Taller than normal:

IVF children if conceived from fresh, rather than frozen embryos, are about 2.6 centimetres (1.02 inches) taller than non-IVF children by the age of six, studies by Auckland University Liggins Institute have revealed. 

#Weigh less:

According to naturalheightgrowth.com, a study found that the children born through IVF tend to be 190 grams lighter than naturally conceived children.  

Health problems:

According to sciencemag.org, they may have long-term health problems like obesity, diabetes and hypertension when they reach the age of 50.Find out the reason behind infertility of woman: 

#Male infertility:

Though a woman is blamed for being infertile, only a few people know about male infertility. Indiatimes.com states that one in 20 men has fertility problem with low numbers of sperm in ejaculation.  

#Irregular periods:

Infrequent periods with excessively light or heavy bleeding prevents the release of mature eggs from an ovary.

#Smoking, drinking and drugs:

Smoking can have serious effects on male infertility as it damages sperm, making them less likely to fertilise eggs.Subscribe for more.