Find out how IVF works, how much the fertility treatment costs and what the success rate is for the process

ONE OF the techniques used to help couples with fertility problems who are struggling to have a baby is in vitro fertilisation (IVF). But what does process involve and who qualifies for the treatment on the NHS? We've got the details you need... What is IVF? The process involves removing an egg from a woman’s ovaries and fertilising them using sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg, also known as an embryo, is transferred back into a woman’s womb to grow. The process can use eggs and sperm from the couple themselves, or these can be sourced from a donor. How does IVF work? There are six main stages of IVF: Firstly the menstrual cycle will be suppressed with medication You will be given further medication to encourage your ovaries to produce more eggs Ultrasound scans will be given to check the development of your eggs and medication can be used to help the maturing process The eggs will be collected by a needle being inserted into the ovaries via the vagina Eggs are mixed with sperm for a few days so they can be fertilised One or two of the fertilised embryos will be placed back into the womb. Women need to wait two weeks before taking a pregnancy test to see if the process has been successful. Who can have IVF? The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends in its fertility guidelines that IVF should be offered to: women under 43 years of age who have been trying to get pregnant through regular unprotected sex for two years women who have had 12 cycles of artificial insemination Those who have been recommended by NICE for NHS-funded IVF in England will then have to be approved by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who can have stricter criteria. These requirements can include: not having any children already, from both your current and any previous relationships being a healthy weight not smoking falling into a certain age range (for example, some CCGs only fund treatment for Continue Reading

After fatal diagnosis, newlyweds capture each moment

“It was the middle of the night. Josh woke up. I kissed him, and he reached for my belly. I said, ‘Sweetie, she’s not in there anymore ... Do you want to meet your daughter?’ So they brought her in, I helped him hold her, and he kissed her little head … The three of us just laid in bed together for a little bit.”Jenna Buehler, 31, recalls this moment with a sweet softness in her voice. It’s almost as though she returns to that place in time.Just over three months ago,  Jenna and her husband, Josh, welcomed their baby girl, Reilly, into the world.They were over the moon.Josh loved his daughter the second he laid eyes on her.“They bonded enough that he held her, kissed her,” Jenna says. “I would ask him, ‘Do you want your baby?’ and almost every time, he said yes. She slept in his arms a lot. His right arm would shake a little after seizures. I would set her in his arms, and it would rock her to sleep. I put her on his chest, and he would sniff her head and kiss her.”Life as a family of three was beyond sacred for the Buehlers.They wished  time would stand still – because, for them, it was cut far too short.Seven weeks after Reilly’s birth, Josh died from brain cancer. He was  just 41 years old.For  these newlyweds, life was a breathtaking roller coaster – and they held each other close through every thrilling high and hellish low. Beautiful beginning Jenna and Josh’s love story began at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She was interning in the athletics department, and he was working as a network architect. In 2011, years after meeting, they reconnected during a football tailgate.“Coffee dates turned into lunch dates,” Jenna explains, “and lunch dates turned into dinner dates.”In January 2012, she moved to Oregon for a job.“I remember feeling confused because he was the first to encourage me to take the Continue Reading