Louise Joy Brown, the first baby conceived by In Vitro Fertilization was born in England in 1978 to parents who had been trying to conceive for 9 years. Although, she is said to have been conceived in a test tube, her embryo was actually fertilized in a petri dish.
The procedure was developed by Robert G. Edwards, who was eventually awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 for developing this procedure that has helped thousands of women become pregnant.
In 2004, a 66 year old Romanian woman gave birth after implantation following 9 years of fertility treatments to reverse menopause. Talk about dedication! The eggs were not hers and both the egg and sperm were donated anonymously. The procedure does not come cheap either. In the United States, it costs over 12,000 per treatment with a mere 30% success rate.
Strange new advances are being made all the time in science, however! Recently, researchers have been able to remove ovarian tissue from a woman who is about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Once she is in remission, the ovarian tissue can be transplanted back into her body to produce eggs!! At the time of this writing, there have been very few cases where this procedure has been successful, but imagine the possibilities.