Infertility: Terms and Resources   [Main Story]
What Is Infertility?
Most experts define infertility as not being able to get pregnant after at least one year of trying. Women who are able to get pregnant but then have repeat miscarriages are also said to be infertile.
Click here for a more detailed explanation of infertility and information pertaining to the subject. (This does not replace the guidance and medical expertise of your own physician, of course.)
What Is In Vitro Fertilization?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a laboratory procedure in which sperm is placed with an unfertilized egg in a Petri dish to achieve fertilization. The embryo is then transferred into the uterus to begin a pregnancy or cryopreserved (frozen) for future use. IVF was originally devised to permit women with damaged or absent fallopian tubes to have a baby. Normally a mature egg is released from the ovary (ovulated), then enters the fallopian tube, and waits in the neck of the tube for a sperm to fertilize it. With defective fallopian tubes, this is not possible. The first IVF baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in England in 1978.
In vitro fertilization literally means “fertilization in glass.”*
Adventism and Assisted Human Reproduction
Click here for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s official standpoint on assisted human reproduction, which can include artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and embryo transfers. 
The document was recommended by the Christian View of Human Life Committee at Pine Springs Ranch, California, April 10-12, 1994, and was voted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Administrative Committee (ADCOM), Silver Spring, Maryland, July 26, 1994.
Additional Resource:
Loma Linda University’s Gerald Winslow, Ph.D., associate scholar for the Center for Christian Bioethics, presented a paper titled “Christian Principles for Assisted Procreation: The Bible and Bioethics” at the Third Symposium on the Bible and Adventist Scholarship, in March 2006. To access it, go to*

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*Information accessed February 25, 2008, from


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