Gently does it for successful IVF treatment

5th May 2011

A woman who was told she would never have her own biological children is now expecting her second child, thanks to an alternative IVF treatment.

Doctors told Tracy Sant that her levels of a certain hormone were too high for her to have traditional IVF, and later said her eggs would not respond even if she was given the treatment, the Telegraph reported.

Undeterred, she and husband Andrew turned to an alternative treatment, known as mild or natural-cycle IVF, which uses hardly any ovary-stimulating drug, in a last-ditch attempt to have a baby.

The method has proved successful for the couple, as well as many other women, as it has been proven to produce better-quality eggs and have higher success rates for implantation in older women who do not respond well to traditional treatments.

Success rates are lower for younger women who have a normal egg reserve, so many clinics do not offer the treatment.

Human Fertility and Embryo Association reported that natural IVF can also be used by people who, for personal or religious reasons, do not wish to have embryos stored or destroyed.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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