Scientist Develop ‘potent’ Fertility Treatment Cheaper Than IVF With Less Side Effects

Scientists have brought a fresh hope for childless couples who are almost giving up. A ‘potent’ new fertility treatment said to be cheaper and less invasive than In-Vitro Fertilization, IVF has been developed. 

Reports from Dailymail gathers apart from IVF which is the long established method to try for a baby for people with fertility problems, Australian and Belgian scientists have discovered how to improve a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant using a less invasive and affordable alternative.

Talking about the newly introduced method, which has already undergone pre-clinical testing, information gathered claims that it uses growth factors to enhance an existing fertility treatment known as In-Vitro Maturation (IVM).

The results show improved egg quality and a 50 per cent increase in embryos, with minimal use of drugs.

Furthermore, researchers stated that the advance has ‘significant implications’ for fertility treatment worldwide.

Standard in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) requires women to take follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) to stimulate egg cell growth before they are removed from the ovary.

According to Human Fertilisation & Embryo Authority,

”In the IVM process, eggs are removed from the ovaries when they are still immature. They are then matured in the laboratory before being fertilised.

The difference between IVM and conventional in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is that the eggs are immature when they are collected.

This means the woman does not need to take as many drugs before the eggs can be collected as she might if using conventional IVF, when mature eggs are collected.

Clinics might recommend IVM rather than IVF for women susceptible to developing OHSS (ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome – a potentially dangerous over-reaction to fertility drugs).

It might also be recommended if the cause of the infertility has been identified as being male factor only.”

Associate Professor Jeremy Thompson, from the University of Adelaide‘, said the new technique is a ‘significant advance’ in fertility research.

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