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Hope for Couples Crushed by IVF Failure

Mirror,  Jan 25, 2011
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Do you know a couple who has spent thousands of pounds trying to get pregnant, only to go through the traumatic experience of countless unsuccessful tries at IVF?

The chances are that you do. What they should know before they give up is that there has been a small but important study which takes a new look at improving the chances of conceiving artificially.

It turns out that as many as one in four women who have problems may have faults with their immune systems, meaning their bodies turn on the pregnancy, attack it and then finally reject it.

The research suggests that a soya oil-based substance – intralipid – which is used for artificial feeding of patients with stomach problems can boost the likelihood of getting pregnant through IVF.

The study involved almost 100 women who had suffered repeated IVF failures where either the embryo did not take in the womb or there was an early miscarriage.

Most of the group were around 37 years old and the women had undergone an average of six failed IVF cycles.

Of the subjects, 50 were given infusions of intralipid and 46 were not.

The results were startling. Half those women given the substance became pregnant, compared with less than 10% of those not on intralipid.

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