A much-loved IVF baby
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.