IVF Glossary

in vitro fertilization (IVF)

a process in which an egg and sperm are combined in a laboratory dish with the objective of fertilization to produce an embryo. If this occurs, the resulting embryo is transferred to the uterus.


the placement of sperm into the uterus or cervix with the intention of fertilization, or adding sperm to eggs in IVF procedures.

intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

a procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg to attempt fertilization.

intramuscular (IM)

within the muscle.

Adapted from Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Guide for Patients. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2011.