New Fertility Procedure Could Mean an End to Expensive IVF Treatments

ABC's senior medical contributor and leading obstetrician Dr. Jennifer Ashton joins "GMA" live to discuss the latest possible breakthrough.
2:43 | 10/17/16

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just ahead. First, a new study to those trying to start family. Could mean more affordable ivf treatments. Dr. Jen Ashton is joining us this morning. You have a jam-packed schedule. Can you tell us what about this study is all about? Yeah, robin. So really exciting stuff coming out of Salt Lake City and this meeting. One of the major themes of thissier's conference, affordability for infertility treatments. This particular study comes out of usc, university of southern California. They looked at women 35 years of age and younger with good prognosis for fertility treatments and treated them with what's called modified natural cycle ivf. Three days of medications instead of two weeks of medications. Day found they did pretty well. A good live birth outcome. They saved over $7200 per live birth. This is significant because we know ivf is expensive. It's still expensive with this but a step in the right direction. About 1 in 4 U.S. Couples struggling with infertility cannot afford the treatments they need. This is less is more. Very encouraging news. Less medication. Easier on the body? I think it's easier on the body. On the mood, and the mind set. It's easier on the bank account. All of those things matter potentially lower complication rate of something called hyperstimulation. It's not for every infor tillty patient. These are for women under the age of 35. But you're starting to see this trend of infertility specialists trying everything they can to lower costs because they want this to be more affordable to more people. And Jen, what are you also excited about this conference that you're going to be hearing? So, robin this is arguably the biggest infertility and fertility conference in the world. There are for than4,000 experts here if all over the country and the world. And they hit every aspect of reproductive medicine. Affordability is a big thing this year. Genetic advances. Huge always important. Advances in male factor infertility. The mental health aspect of patients. And polycystic ovarian syndrome. And so much more. I'm going to try to see as learn as much as I can today. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Thanks for being our eyes and ears there. Thank you, Jen. You take care. Have a good time. Dr. Ashton will answer your questions on Twitter.

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