Definition - What does Embaby mean?

An embaby refers to an embryo that has been created as part of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure that typically has either yet to be transferred to a uterus or has recently been transferred to a uterus.

The term may be used to refer to an embryo growing in a lab, a fresh embryo ready for transfer, a frozen embryo in storage, an embryo after transfer during the two-week wait before a pregnancy test is taken or for any remaining embryos after a family is complete.

Embabies is the plural form of embaby.

FertilitySmarts explains Embaby

The term is a combination of the words 'embryo' and 'baby' and is a reflection of the emotional investment involved for many individuals who undergo the complex process of IVF.

Creating good quality embryos is one of the most important steps in an IVF process. Having embryos waiting for transfer can provide indicators for potential success and is often seen as an important milestone.

Some consider that using cutesy, sugary terms like embaby disregards the importance and gravity of the procedures they have had to endure. However, there are others who encourage the use of these terms, as they can bring a sense of humor and cheerfulness and help to remove the stigma often associated with fertility treatments and are seen as a way to lift some of the emotional stresses that patients are often under.

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