A test tube baby is a successful result of the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technology. Test tube babies are becoming increasingly popular and common these days, lending couples with difficulty of reproducing a hand. Mei Poh and her husband are one of those couples who have succeeded in conceiving with the help of the in vitro fertilisation.\r\n\r\nHere, Mei Poh shares her experience on what it\u2019s like having test tube babies.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Decision\r\nThe reason why my husband and I decided to go with the IVF procedure was that we really wanted children of our own. We were married for a decade with difficulties of conceiving. I really wanted a baby and it stressed me out to no end knowing that I wasn\u2019t getting any younger.\r\n\r\n10 years is a very long time and I was starting to lose hope, thinking I\u2019ll never be able to have kids at that point. One day, I was expressing my concerns towards my neighbour and they suggested that my husband and I should give this procedure a try.\r\n\r\nI thought to myself, \u201cWhy not?\u201d I figured it was worth a shot, if it worked then good for us, but if it didn\u2019t then so be it. After that, I discussed it with my husband and he agreed without much thought, he wanted a kid just as much as I did. So we did it, we went for the procedure and I\u2019m here today with two of my beautiful test tube babies who have grown into energetic little boys.\r\nOverall Experience\r\nThe entire procedure took a lot of time and patience, I remember it required a lot of going back and forth to the hospital. The first few times I went, they would inject me with a fertility drug in order to stimulate the development of extra oocytes (or eggs) in my ovaries. Just this process itself took several days.\r\n\r\nNext, they removed the eggs from my ovaries after it matured. What they did after that was to combine my husband\u2019s sperm with the eggs in a petri dish. I recall there were about 10 sets combined as we waited for any sperm cell to successfully fertilise an egg cell.\r\n\r\nThe successful one was fertilised into an embryo, the embryo was kept in the lab to develop for a few more days. With one successful embryo, I went back to the hospital to have it transferred into my uterus. The extra embryos were frozen for future cycles. Lucky for me, I got pregnant, which meant it was a success for me because pregnancy is never a guarantee.\r\n\r\nAfter the birth of my first son, I took a break for a few years and the hospital called up to remind me that I still had embryos frozen. I spoke with my husband and he seemed enthusiastic for a second child so we went ahead and did it. I was so very lucky to be pregnant again.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Cons\r\nWhy I mentioned that I was lucky is because my elder sister, Mei Yoke, also went to get the procedure done. Unfortunately for her, her embryos didn\u2019t make it and it turned out to be a failure. In the end, she miraculously conceived naturally after the failed IVF.\r\n\r\nI would say that the only disadvantage of the IVF is that it isn\u2019t 100% success for everyone. A great example would be my sister, the procedure wasn\u2019t cheap and she ended up with nothing. As I said before, it takes a lot of time, willpower and money for the procedure. It wasn\u2019t easy for my sister and I still feel bad that it wasn\u2019t successful for her as it did for me twice.\r\n\r\nHowever, I\u2019m still really glad that she managed to get pregnant from a natural conception after that. It was great going through pregnancy alongside her and I\u2019m truly happy for her.\r\nDifferences between Test Tube Baby & Normal Baby\r\nIn my opinion, there are no differences between a test tube baby and a normal baby at all. The only difference is the way that they are conceived. I was pregnant along with my sister and I got to witness how both our babies were, I think that there are no differences at all.\r\n\r\nMy sons were born naturally and they are both very healthy. They run around the house all day, making as much noises as any other child I\u2019ve seen. So I would assume that my children are just like any other children.\r\n\r\nFor more stories, please visit Motherhood.com.my.