Bliss and Ashleigh met six years ago, fell in love, then came marriage, then… “I wanted to be pregnant for so long and so bad,” Ashleigh said as she sat beside her wife, Bliss.
Fertility specialists Dr. Kathy Doody and husband Dr. Kevin Doody at the CARE Fertility in Bedford were the first to try reciprocal effortless In Vitro Fertilization using radical technology, which gave Bliss and Ashleigh a shot at motherhood.
“Bliss went through the stimulation of her ovaries and the egg harvest,” Kathy said.
Instead of placing the sperm and Bliss’ eggs into incubators in a lab, which is called reciprocal IVF and has been carried out for same-sex couples for years, they go into the chamber of the INVOcell device immediately after egg retrieval.
The device is placed into Bliss’ body for five days where early embryo development begins.
“It turns out, not surprisingly, that the woman’s own body is a very good incubator,” Kathy said, clarifying how INVOcell works.
Doctors evaluated Ashleigh’s uterus, gave her estrogen and then progesterone, waited for the right time and transferred her wife’s embryos to her body.
Reciprocal effortless IVF, which is the process Bliss and Ashleigh underwent, is about $8,000 with medication, compared to traditional reciprocal IVF involving lab incubators that cost roughly $15,000 to $20,000.
Bliss and Ashleigh are busy with motherhood.
The couple have two additional frozen embryos from Bliss that they could use the same way unless Ashleigh wants to use her eggs next time because only Bliss’ genes transferred to Stetson.
Since Ashleigh’s delivery, a second same-sex couple in North Texas went through the reciprocal effortless IVF process at CARE Fertility, got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby girl in September.
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