TAMPA — Faith and Ryan Shears for a long time shared nothing of their struggles, coping quietly as their family and closest friends invited them to celebrate baby showers, baptisms and 1-year-old birthday parties.
They want to be parents, too. So far, however, the New Port Richey couple's journey has led only to doctor's appointments and events like Saturday's New Beginnings Fertility Conference.
Success of assisted reproduction
ART and IVF: Assisted reproductive technology, which generally involves in vitro fertilization, when a woman's eggs are extracted and fertilized in a laboratory. The resulting embryos are transferred to a woman's uterus.
Success rate: 29 percent of cycles using fresh, nondonor eggs or embryos resulted in live births, 2006.
Multiple births: 29 percent of live births were twins, and 2 percent triplets or more.
Cost: In vitro fertilization can cost $10,000 to $12,000 per cycle, plus medication costs, which can run $2,000 to $5,000.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lotus Blossom Consulting
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