The demand for In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) services from couples where the male has previously undergone a vasectomy now accounts for a growing number of patients at a Gold Coast Fertility practice.
Fertility Specialist Dr Andrew Davidson said up to 15 per cent of the couples he now sees want to have a baby post-vasectomy.
“It is usually a situation where they are in a second marriage and they would now like to have a baby between the two of them,” he said.
Alan and Mandy Lippiat are typical of this scenario, they both had three children each to their first spouses and thought that would be it for them. Like many men Alan chose to have a vasectomy while married to his first partner.
Since marrying two and a half years ago Alan and Mandy have been keen to have a baby.
The couple started considering having another baby when they were living in Bathurst and after relocating to the Gold Coast two years ago they sought recommendations and secured the help of Dr Davidson at City Fertility Centre.
Alan’s vasectomy took place six years ago so he chose not to have a reversal as the success rates of this reduce considerably after two years. Instead, Alan and Mandy opted for IVF and Alan underwent a sperm extraction technique which surgically extracts the sperm from the testis.
“We knew we had the option of trying to have a baby with the help of IVF as we had friends in Bathurst who have gone through the same thing,” said Mandy.
It took three IVF attempts over six months for Mandy and Alan to fall pregnant but their determination was rewarded on 15 April this year with the birth of a beautiful baby boy Hudson Jack Lippiat.
Mandy had a trouble-free pregnancy with Hudson and said he is very happy and content and even starting sleeping through the night at eight weeks!
Mandy said her three children who live with them love Hudson to bits.
“The help my other children who are now 9, 11 and 13 years old can give me is amazing.”
“We feel so blessed to have Hudson in our lives,” said Mandy.
The Lippiat family has now relocated to Pottsville, so Alan can be closer to his work in Ballina and spend more time helping out with Hudson and the other children.
City Fertility Centre regularly holds free information seminars on all aspects of fertility visit www.cityfertility.com.au for further information.
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