The Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney is the first to offer an alternative to IVF treatment that is cheaper and means fewer hormone injections
The treatment, known as CAPA-IVM, is In-vitro maturation of eggs in a lab instead of in a woman’s body, avoiding the need to have two weeks of hormone injections.
Professor Bill Ledger, of the Royal Hospital, told 7news: “Regular IVF is expensive because there’s a lot of drug costs involved. IVM uses around 80 percent fewer hormones and is cheaper at around half the cost.
“A woman can walk into the clinic on Monday, have two doses of hormone shots to prime the ovary and then her eggs can be collected on Thursday.”
He said 15 percent of women who experience fertility issues would be eligible for the CAPA-IVM.
According to the professor, the treatment has been around for years but the success was slimmer due to the difficulty in replicating what the ovary does in the lab.
But this new method drastically improves the chances of success.
It switches off the egg’s growth for just 24 hours and gives researchers a longer period to work with the egg.
The new treatment was developed was Belgian researchers and Australian scientist Professor Robert Gilchrist.
He said: “This is a wonderful example of the lifecycle of research and the difference it can make in people’s lives.”
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