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The Independent,  May 3, 2011
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FSH is linked to egg quality and quantity. When levels exceed 10 to 15, it is widely believed a woman's eggs aren't good enough quality for fertilization. The IVF industry relies heavily on fertility drugs to guarantee success rates.Patients who have high FSH and are medically known as "poor responders," do not respond well to fertility drugs. Yet there is now more evidence than ever to show that mild or natural-cycle IVF — which uses a woman's natural cycle and minimal or no ovary-stimulating drugs — does work for these women. Several studies have shown this gentle approach leads to better-quality eggs and improved rates of implantation in the womb lining, exactly what women need if egg numbers and quality are hanging in the balance.

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