Saturday, June 29, 2013

Waiting To Get Pregnant? Try IVF

Read a 53-year old woman's story below.

It was boundless joy at St Ives Hospital Lagos when a 53-year-old woman was recently delivered of two bouncing baby boys. The woman was conceived through Invitro Fertilisation (IVF), having waited for over 20 years in humiliation and agony...

IVF is a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body. The process involves monitoring a woman’s ovulatory process, removing ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a fluid medium in a laboratory.


The fertilised egg (zygote) is then transferred to the patient’s uterus (womb) after three to five days of being in the incubator, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.

In a chat with Vanguard in Lagos, the elated woman, who pleaded anonymity, probably for cultural reasons, described it as “20 years of tensed waiting for her marriage to produce fruits.”

The jubilant nursing mother and her husband said they were not after publicity but decided to speak to the press in order to encourage couples who are presently facing similar challenges in their marriage not to give up, adding that it is never too late for anyone.

She admitted that she has almost given up when it was obvious that menopause had set in but continued to exercise her religious faith, until according to her, God directed her to St Ives Centre, even when she was not having the required money to carry out the IVF circle.

“ If one is in a marriage for two – three years, and has no child to show for it, as an African, there will be pressure, so mine was not exceptional. Though my people respected my person, there were pressures both from within and outside. But l held on to God because I’m a strong Christian and l know He never fails. I serve a living God who is faithful despite our unfaithfulness.

“I heard about St Ives just by chance. That was in September last year. Coincidentally, l did my Masters programme at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), very close to the hospital, and l never knew this place existed. It was divine and all things work together for those that love God.

“My advice to every woman wanting fruit of the womb is that they should hold on to God and l pray for them that their joy should come into manifestation soon. There is nothing impossible for God, it could be difficult with man but certainly not with God. If He can do mine at 53, it shows no case is concluded.

“For me, l see it as a reward for my past shame. God has given me double glory, my two boys. It is more than a miracle. And for the management of St Ives, l keep praying for them because they are not after one’s money, if they were, l couldn’t have registered.

“People used to call me Big Mummy, but God has given me a new and better name, ‘mummy twins’. l am now a fulfilled woman,” she narrated.

Her husband, who claimed to be four months older than his wife, said he knew his wife at age 12 when they were in secondary school but time and space set them apart for separate marriages where the man was fortunate to have children unlike the woman.

Fate however reunited them to become a happy family today having known each other for over 40 years.

He said the joy that the twins brought to the family had overridden their past apprehension; trauma and agony all through the years of his wife’s infertility, adding that she might have wept secretly on countless occasions.

“Today, all we are saying is thank you God. My wife had fasted and prayed and l believed that is why you see her looking like under sixteen now. I must confess that everybody is happy,” he said.

Reacting on the feat, Chief Medical Director of St Ives Hospital, Babatunde Okewale said the hospital’s Fertility Unit adopts a success-oriented approach towards infertility, focusing on solution for infertile couples at an affordable cost rather than doing endless investigation and tests.

The cost of IVF in most Nigerian hospitals, he said, was relatively between N650,000 and 1 million per circle and that was largely dependent on an individual patient. He noted that it was never a cheap process globally as it costs about 10, 000 dollars and above 5, 000 pounds in the United States of America and United Kingdom respectively.

Okewale pointed out that there were other procedures in medicine that were more expensive than IVF, giving kidney transplant and hip replacement that cost over N1 million as examples. He maintained that the procedure was affordable by most Nigerians.

He revealed that through IVF, about 550 babies have been delivered at his hospital which was established five years ago. He said St Ives does a half price promo once a year, in collaboration with some Non-Governmental Organisations.

Okewale further stated that the hospital is highly specialised in treating repeated IVF failure, provides treatment for men diagnosed with sperm problems and in elderly patients with a success of about 30 percent, including the conception and delivery by a 57-year-old woman.

As infertility continues on the rise worldwide, he enumerated some of the causes as urbanization, pollution, stress, chemical exposure, career orientation, late settlement in life, non-properly treated infections, obesity and abuse of antibiotics.

Urging Nigerian women to start bearing children earlier, he also said that the success of IVF was determined by age and the earlier the better.

Source: Vanguard

47 comments:

  1. thats great news...

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  2. God bless the writer, i just did IVF and did the transfer of two babies into my womb today . Praying for Goodluck and success in 9 months time. Pray with me ooooo. God please hear my cry

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    1. Its already a success in Jesus Name nd I tap into the story above aswell

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    2. U will hav a testimony in Jesus Name. AMEN. Oma Baby.

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    3. Just hang on to his words and allow God finish what he has started in your life. You shall be a proud mom, im always glad to hear those who open their minds to IVF...im a mama and my prayer is that every woman enjoys the joy motherhood brings...God be with you..IfeD

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    4. Thank you all..... Stay blessed

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    5. Congrats!!!may God protect u thru dis journey

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    6. I did mine and I'm due in a couple of weeks! The God that did it for me has already done it for you my sister....baby dust to u :)

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  3. St.Ives offers Top Class Health Care Services...

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  4. Nigeria can't cater for d population she already has and nigerians continue foolishly adding to the already over-populated country.Ignorance is a bitch!

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    1. You are a big fool. May you never have your children so you don't also increase the population. Egwu. Anuofia.

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    2. @ Anonymous29 June, 2013 16:47
      Am sure u are one mad idiot who dsnt pray to av children on earth,so bcos naiaj is over populated pple shld not giv birth,olosi oloriburuku somebody,since u dnt pray to av children may God not giv u ur own children...isi ewu,goat...now I av press P

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  5. I remember Dr Okewale from his early days. His small hospital in allen to his 3 hospitals now. God is good. May he continue to increase and find joy the way he has provided joy to us. I had a baby boy last year from his ivf unit after been childless for 5yrs. Even though my husband took a 2nd wife before I did the ivf, thank god I am now a mother. Mrs A.O

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  6. Wanted to do so bt my hubby had d mentality dat u can jst gve birth tru IVF once.

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    1. Genesis 29:31-32 say the Lord opened Leah’s womb AND she conceived. These are two different events. Once her womb was open, she then had the ability to bear children. Notice that the Lord opened her womb once, but she conceived four times.
      1.) Gen. 29:32-”And Leah conceived and bore a son…Reuben.”
      2.) Gen. 29:33-”Then she conceived again and bore a son…Simeon.”
      3.) Gen. 29:34-”And she conceived again and bore a son…Levi.”
      4.) Gen. 29:35-”And she conceived again and bore a son…Judah.”

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  7. Ivf has helped a lot.
    www.ameriestyle.com

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  8. Anon 15:06 Ur babies are going to stay n dey shal bring u bundle of Joy.Amen.

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  9. I thank God for the life of the 53yr old woman, I had a triplet last year in the same st.ives hospital after 7yrs of infertility. They now call me mama ibeta in ibadan. May God continue to bless Dr Okewale and his practise for thier yearly half price ivf promo for the less privilege ones like me. Mama ibeta

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  10. Thank God for science. Science is not anti-God. Rather it's God's impartation to man.

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  11. 3yrs of marriage, tried to convience my hubby abt d ivf bt he refused. Wat do I do

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    1. Does he have the money? Do you have the money?
      Pray about it and God will open his eyes.

      Matt: 19:26. All things are possible to them that believe.


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    2. nice one anon 22.18

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  12. Ladun pls if it wz on dis blog u posted 'letter from a father to his unborn Child', pls kindly contact d man and his wife n direct them to st ives hospital. Dey could b lucky dis time u know. Pls ladun I beg u. Each time i rememba d letter, i feel sad. D testimonies abt st ives r quite many.

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    1. God bless you for this comment.

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  13. It doesn't matter how u get pregnant, just get pregnant. It is better than buying kids.

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  14. i applaud this article you have posted madam ladun,very insightful and people really need to be educated that there are several options for childless couples who have given up and turned themselves into modern day slaves and atm for some pastors,imams and babalawos.instead of paying hundreds of thousands for a black market baby that they dont have hisher medical history they can explore this option.

    pls also include fostering and adoption as well

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  15. I find this story very implausible. 53 years old woman?? Hasn't she reached menopause already? Even if she's not exactly there, her eggs have got to be almost all gone. IVF doesn't manufacture eggs. Works with what's in existence.

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    1. If u don't knw y nt read up.. Older people hv had success through ivf.. Drugs, hormones, SCIENCE

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    2. what is the meaning of implausible pls? Even if she used, say, her sister's eggs, does that negate the fact that she was pregnant through IVF and delivered the babies? How does that make the story "very implausible".
      ITK

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    3. She probably had ovum donation.This is where someone younger donates her eggs to women who are non cycling. Her eggs were then injected with her husband's prepared (washed) sperm, cultured in the IVF laboratory using protein supplements and then transferred on the 3rd or 5th day.Day 5 transfers are much better because the implantation rate is higher and with the transfer of a minimum of 2 embryos, u can reduce the risks of multiple gestation.

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    4. Okay, so i did searched online and yep Anonymous 09:20, donor eggs are used, still that doesn't mean this post-menopausal woman is out of the woodwork and should just jump straight into it. Let me quote someone from a website: "The first is the health issue - does the woman in front of you have the physical ability to carry a pregnancy successfully to term? Because cardiovascular disease or diabetes could see her drop dead during the pregnancy.'' Another said, "But they were more likely to suffer complications such as high blood pressure or need caesarean sections." & "Medically IVF in older women is not without its risks and the older a woman the higher the risk of her developing complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
      While most clinics in the UK do not support IVF for women in their 50s, there is nothing stopping people travelling abroad to countries where the practice is allowed."

      So, okay I take back what I said about implausible. It obviously is (i've learnt something today), still hardly advisable. Why not just use a surrogate, give the baby a better chance of survival.

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    5. Ugo you still don't make sense. This 53 yr old woman has already delivered without dying from CVD or HBP. And if she had delivered through CS, so what. Young women do too. You are still an ITK and I don't understand why you are full of negativity.
      Pregnancy at any age is full of risks and it's a personal choice this woman made to go through with it.

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  16. Na wa o!!orisirisi dey hapen o!!me wey dey get bele every year sotey i don tire.so afta d ferterlisation,hw d person go cum born d pikin?tru vigina??stil find it hard to blive hw dis tin work.....yinkus

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    1. Thank God 4 the life of oyinbo. If not 4 oyinbo i no know how dis life 4 don be

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  17. Wonders shal neva cease!nd wot a world!! Afta several abortions in my single days,married now,i stil dey get belle as i like.tank God o!

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  18. Wonders shal neva cease!nd wot a world!! Afta several abortions in my single days,married now,i stil dey get belle as i like.tank God o!

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  19. Wonders shal neva cease!nd wot a world!! Afta several abortions in my single days,married now,i stil dey get belle as i like.tank God o!

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  20. What a shallow article. Can't get pregnant, then try IVF! As if it is that easy. Ladun were you paid to put up this article?

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  21. All I will say about all you people saying rubbish is dat u r brainless and av no knowledge what so ever, if you dont know about a topic then shut ur mouth or better still read about it before stupidly putting your comment. Google is free and knowledge is power. Ladun ignore d mumu ppl and keep encouraging ppl dat need it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with ivf, it has saved many marriages.

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  22. africaintels.com30 June, 2013 15:21

    am so happy for her.i will direct my aunt the hospital.plz somebody with the address of the hospital? visit my blog all about national issues.www.africaintels.com

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    1. You can visit the website at www.stivesng.com they also have a branch at 12 salvation road opebi and another at 6 maitama sule ikoyi. Thank God for st.ives cos am a living testimony. God bless Dr Okewale

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  23. I did mine at nodica fertility center they even av a payment plan option. I had my twins last year n I feel more complete. God has blessed my family thru ivf

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  24. Thank God for ivf..My mum's cousin after waiting for 30yrs delivered her first child @ age 49( she got married at 19). Even tho the stupid nanny she employed was foolish enuf to hit a 12month old baby's head on the floor tiles all cos he was crying to have his breakfast. She tried ivf again and just gave birth to 2girls at age 51. God is indeed wonderful

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  25. And d 12month old innocent baby died, she has 2girls nau( twins)

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  26. hope the boy survived it and is mentally stable?@Anon 00:26

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  27. for the critics: u call this shallow article? when people are already making gd use of the info available. even if ur not satisfied, go surf d internet, u'll get wateva u want there. besides this is a great article. so pls, let us criticise constructively. Kudos to St. Ives Specialist Hospital

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