New Hope For Women Struggling With Fertility Issues
Research and Innovations There’s news worth celebrating for the one in six couples affected by fertility issues: The introduction of the AUGMENT treatment.
For women who have explored in vitro fertilization (IVF) options, the AUGMENT treatment may potentially enhance their outcomes when combined with IVF. In published data, the AUGMENT treatment increased clinical pregnancy rates to 22–35 percent that were previously as low as 4–11 percent after previous failed IVF cycles. That represents a two-to-threefold improvement over historic rates, as per the Journal of Fertilization 2015 report titled, “In Vitro, IVF-Worldwide,
Reproductive Medicine, Genetics & Stem Cell Biology.”
"Today, we have a beautiful 10-month baby boy. He makes us smile each and every day. Our hope is that other women and families are able to experience the joy we feel as a result of this new treatment.”
The key to the AUGMENT treatment is improving the quality of a woman’s eggs during fertilization. The challenge for some women is that their eggs lack energy due to age or other factors and that the fertilized egg cannot divide into an embryo. The AUGMENT treatment is designed to improve egg health for women undergoing IVF and is complementary to traditional IVF.
The AUGMENT treatment is designed to improve egg health and bring the energy level back up to that of younger eggs. This enhancement is achieved by using a woman’s own egg precursor cells or immature egg cells found in the protective lining of the ovaries. Mitochondria are taken from a woman’s egg precursor cells and then injected into her own mature eggs during the IVF process.
After multiple failed IVF procedures, Natasha Rajani, a 34-year-old Toronto resident, wanted to try something different. “AUGMENT gave us a renewed sense of hope,” she explains. “We always felt determined that one day we would have a child and that any alternative treatments put before us would help us get there.” When her fertility specialist told her about AUGMENT, she immediately agreed to try it.
“Today, we have a beautiful 10-month baby boy,” Rajani says. “Our son has brought the utmost joy to our lives and we couldn’t picture life without him. He makes us smile each and every day. Our hope is that other women and families are able to experience the joy we feel as a result of this new treatment.”
As with any medical treatment, there are risks and benefits, and no outcome can be guaranteed. Women are encouraged to talk with their fertility specialist to learn more about the AUGMENT treatment to determine if they are a good candidate.