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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 27, 2012 | 0 comments

The Christian family, left to right, twins Reagan, and Darby, 2, and Fred and Linda play with building blocks in their Belleville home Monday Dec. 26, 2011. The girls were conceived through mini in vitro fertilization, a procedure advocated by St. Louis doctor Sherman Silber which, he says, is safer, cheaper and easier on women while maintaining comparable pregnancy rates.Under names such as low-intensity IVF, eco-IVF and even patient-friendly IVF — a technique of in vitro fertilization is increasing in use with promises to be safer, cheaper and easier on patients trying to have a baby.
It may seem mathematically impossible, but St. Louis area doctor Dr. Sherman Silber says if done right, mild stimulation results in pregnancy rates equal to those with routine IVF. In older women, Silber finds dramatically better rates because the process is easier on their more brittle eggs.


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