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HRC Performs Shared IVF Cycle for Best Friends and Both Give Birth to Twins
Earlier this year, Huntington Reproductive Center (HRC Fertility) was the setting for the touching journey of two best friends undergoing In Vitro Fertilization. Their success was attributed to the talent and technology at one the nation’s top fertility centers and also to the generosity and strength inherent in their special friendship.
Alma and Gabriela have been best friends since the second grade. As little girls often do, they talked about how they would get married one day and have babies at the same time. Unfortunately, after Gabriela got married she struggled with infertility. She was devastated over failed fertility treatments, including an IVF cycle with a donor egg. Alma easily got pregnant with her first child (Benjamin, 7) but she and her husband struggled with unexplained secondary infertility for several years. At one point, after discussing it with her husband, Alma decided to offer her eggs to Gabriela. Gabriela was touched but didn't take them up on their offer. However, once it became clear that Alma would have to go through in vitro fertilization herself in order to have another child, Gabriela said yes. The two friends decided to go through the emotionally challenging process together.
Led by HRC’s Dr. John G. Wilcox, MD, FACOG, Alma and Gabriela decided to undergo a “shared cycle.” Under this type of treatment, each woman prepares for In Vitro Fertilization, but only one woman produces the eggs to be used. The eggs of the “donating” female are split between the two women and then are fertilized (in this case by each of the women’s spouses). Then, the resulting embryos are transferred accordingly. Read more.