In vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF, is an option many, many, many couples out there have tried in their efforts to have a baby.
I've known couples who've spent their entire life savings on IVF. I've also known couples whose marriages have crumbled when those treatments didn't work, in part because of the tremendous cost of the procedures.
That's why I think the news that scientists are now testing a simplified form of IVF is so exciting. Get this: The whole thing would cost about $265.
What the what?!
This is MAJOR!
USA Today reports that scientists in Belgium are studying a simplified form of IVF in comparison to the traditional, far more elaborate treatments. Check this out:
For the more than 100 women treated so far, the pregnancy rate was about 34% for both methods. So far, 14 babies have been born using the simplified method and 13 babies from traditional IVF.
Y'all. It sounds like the new, cheaper method is TOTALLY WORKING!
I think of all the women I know who've been trying desperately to have children and who can't afford IVF and I just want to cry tears of happiness reading this news.
Part of the reason the new IVF method is so much less expensive is that it uses generic fertility drugs that are orally ingested instead of the expensive injectable drugs used in traditional IVF. Scientists also say that the conditions found in a $60,000 IVF incubator can totally be simulated with two test tubes and some special solutions.
This, my friends, is science at its finest.
The cheaper IVF method won't work for everyone. Scientists estimate that about half of couples with fertility issues could be helped -- men with low sperm count and women who don't have many eggs would still need to opt for the traditional IVF route.
But for thousands of men and women out there who want to become parents, there soon may be light at the end of the tunnel.
What do you think of this incredible news?
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