CREATE patient speaks out about the dangers of high stimulation IVF drugs
Lee Cowden was just 25 years old when she first visited a fertility clinic in an attempt to conceive. Having been told that she had polycystic ovarian syndrome at the age of 15, Lee had always known that she would need medical intervention in order to start a family. At the clinic, Lee was given high stimulation drugs to prompt ovulation. These drugs caused over-stimulation of the ovaries in a complication known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), as a result Lee suffered a heart attack.
Luckily Lee’s story has a happy ending. Having recovered from a potentially life-threatening heart attack she found CREATE’s very own Professor Geeta Nargund. Professor Nargund has long been an advocate of using milder and natural IVF treatments, having seen many women suffer serious side-effects from conventional treatment. Together with Lee she devised a more natural IVF protocol which was much shorter than Lee’s previous treatment and had very low dose drugs. This treatment not only protected Lee’s health, and didn’t cause any side effects, but also resulted in the birth of Lee’s daughter Molly.
At CREATE Fertility we believe that horror stories like Lee’s can be prevented. Our founder and Medical Director Professor Nargund has long been campaigning for the widespread use of safer, more natural IVF, and we wholeheartedly believe that less is more when it comes to fertility medication. This is how CREATE was born, and we continue to specialise in milder IVF with the aim of keeping IVF as safe as possible while still maintaining high success rates. There are many benefits to this approach, including increasing the quality of eggs and embryos, making treatment more patient-friendly and reducing the amount of time that patient’s spend in the clinic. For us, patient health and wellbeing is paramount and at the forefront of everything we do.