Having a baby with the help of fertility treatments can be out of reach for many couples. But a new treatment is giving hope to those with less to spend and with special medical conditions.
Cecilia and Talya Lindqvist were dealing with both. Recently married, they wanted to start a family, only to run in to daunting roadblocks. Not only had they spent $15,000 on half a dozen frustrating rounds of fertility treatments, Cecilia was facing a battle since she suffers from Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS.
“I think when you’re growing up you have this misperception that when you’re ready to have a baby the universe is going to collude,” Tayla said.
Then the couple heard about a new treatment that might work for Cecilia’s condition, and would cost far less than the gold standard treatment, In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF. The clinic offering it was looking for clients for a clinical trial for In Vitro Maturation, or IVM. And there would be no cost. It would be free. From medications to visits, harvesting of eggs to implantation, it wouldn’t cost anything as it was all part of one of the first studies being done in the U.S.
With IVM, a woman’s immature eggs are harvested, then matured outside her body, fertilized, and implanted. 4,000 babies have been born worldwide through IVM, but it’s still in trials in the U-S. Cecilia and Talya’s twin baby girls would be the first New York IVM births.
“I wasn’t nervous at all. I felt we were in really good hands,” said Talya.
Dr. Jesse Hade is heading up the trials in New York, and his Newey clinic in midtown is still looking for 11 more couples to have the babies, for free.
Dr. Hade explained the procedure. “IVM is different from IVF in that little to no medication is used in the preparation, and we take out immature versus mature eggs.”
The low medication was necessary for a woman like Cecilia with PCOS, and also for women who’ve gone through some cancer treatments, like for breast cancer. It costs about half, or around $6,000. IVM has been used since the 90’s overseas, and in trials since early 2012 here in the U.S. .
When asked about success rates, Dr. Hade explained, “We’re achieving success close to IVF, but we have a small sample size.”
For Cecilia Talya, it was all about getting across the finish line, to truly be a family.
Beaming and eight months pregnant, Cecilia was whimsical about the moments to come, “We have a list of names. We are waiting to see their faces.”
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