A much-loved IVF baby

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Ruth Reid, 39, con­ceived us­ing IVF

Want­ing a brother or sis­ter for their young son Levi prompted Ruth Reid and her hus­band to seek help.

Though they had con­ceived Levi nat­u­rally, the cou­ple strug­gled when try­ing for their sec­ond child when Reid was 37.

The Paku­ranga cou­ple had been try­ing for about eight months when they sought help from their doc­tor who re­ferred them to Fer­til­ity As­so­ciates.

Tests showed her anti-mul­le­rian hor­mone lev­els, which in­di­cate a woman’s ovar­ian re­serve, were low.

Reid’s fer­til­ity treat­ment started with a drug called Clomiphene that she took for two or three months.

When that didn’t work she had to dou­ble the dose and was hit by ‘‘hideous’’ side ef­fects in­clud­ing ir­ri­tabil­ity.

Reid and her hus­band chose to un­dergo IVF. Jasper was born 9 months later. ‘‘I al­most didn’t ex­pect it to work the first time,’’ Reid says. ‘‘I didn’t want to get too emo­tion­ally in­vested in it. It wasn’t till I got to about 10 weeks that I thought OK, this might be hap­pen­ing.’’

Reid rec­om­mends IVF to other women but warns it is time con­sum­ing. One IVF cy­cle cost her just un­der $12,000.

‘‘We were re­ally for­tu­nate ... I take my hat off to women who have mul­ti­ple cy­cles be­cause it’s not a walk in the park.

‘‘You have to be ready to drop ev­ery­thing and go to a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment for a scan or test.

‘‘It does take over your life a bit.’’

Worth it: Ruth Reid with 10-month-old Jasper who was con­ceived with IVF.

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