Winning against all odds, an IVF success story using embryo donation

To discover that you or your partner suffer from infertility is, in itself, a difficult fact to cope with.

Every day, millions of couples around the world are facing this fact. Imagine then, the reality of discovering that both partners are in some form a victim of infertility. For a couple in the United Kingdom, this was sadly their fate.

Mr Shah (real name hidden on request), 48 years old, had been suffering from male factor infertility for 28 years.

Despite trying for years after their marriage, the couple could not conceive naturally. This led them to the decision of adopting two biological children of Mrs Shah’s sister. The couple revealed the truth about adoption to the kids early on.

As the children grew up, they wanted their parents to have a baby of their own so that they could have another sibling.

It was this that put the couple, now in their late forties, in search of the best infertility treatment they could find. By then, because of her age, Mrs Shah had also been experiencing irregular periods for one year.

Thousands of miles away at Nova IVI Fertility in India, they found many odds stacked against them – the husband’s existing male factor infertility, the couple’s age, and to add to that, the wife had very low AMH levels. Low AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) means a low ovarian reserve or a reduced supply of eggs inside the woman’s ovaries.

However, the fertility consultants at Nova IVI encouraged the couple not to lose hope and advised them on the best possible course of action – embryo donation.

Embryo donation is an assisted reproduction (ART) technique that is fast gaining popularity across the world.

This is a procedure where a developed embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterus, thereby allowing the woman to experience pregnancy and give birth.

Embryo donation is an anonymous process and confidentiality maintained on the records of the donors and the recipients. It offers couples privacy and secrecy so that they need not worry about societal acceptance of their child. The donor embryos often come from individual oocyte and sperm donors who have consented the use of their gametes to form an embryo. These donors usually are married and have healthy children, hence the success rates of donor embryo transfer (DET) are generally higher when compared to other IVF cycles.

Mrs. Shah underwent her first donor embryo transfer in November 2014.

But unfortunately, it resulted in a biochemical pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that stops developing before the embryo is large enough to see with ultrasound – even though the embryo was implanted and the pregnancy hormone (beta HCG) was released.

In the face of this misfortune, the couple showed surprising resilience and strength. Counselling by Nova IVI’s counsellors and consultants helped, and in March 2015, the couple were ready for the second embryo donation cycle. Sadly, again, the result was negative.

The determination of the couple really came to light and they both showed immense courage throughout and wanted to try for a third time.

The counsellors and doctors at Nova IVI guided them throughout and in June 2015, they underwent another embryo donation cycle and they were lucky this time, as Mrs. Shah conceived with a single intra-uterine pregnancy.

After confirmation of the pregnancy, the couple flew back to the UK. Six months later, the couple in their forties had a healthy baby – their first natural birth – and a true miracle in the face of adversity.

Nova IVI Fertility is here to bring hope to all childless couples who are unable to ascend the parenthood even after trying repeatedly.

If you have any queries related to infertility, you can write to Nova IVI fertility, Click here.

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