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Will Alabama’s IVF Mess Go National?

May 16, 2024 | By Madeleine Aitken in Rewire News
This article was originally published in Rewire News on May 16, 2024. You can access the original article here:

Featuring MSFC’s Member, Nicholas Kummer, medical student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

In vitro fertilization (IVF) can be life-changing. I know, because it’s the reason I exist.

My parents met later in life, so they knew starting a family might be challenging—and they were right. After three miscarriages, they looked into other options. First, they tried intrauterine insemination (IUI), a procedure in which sperm is placed directly into the uterus using a small catheter; when that didn’t work, they tried IVF, a procedure that involves removing eggs from the ovaries and combining them with sperm in a laboratory dish to create a fertilized embryo that is then transferred back into the uterus in the hopes of a pregnancy. The first round of IVF didn’t work for my parents, but the second one did. Nine months later, I was born…

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