The full text of this landmark study (soon to be added to our M&F Library
) can be read here:http://www.jabfm.com/cgi/content/full/21/5/375
Outcomes From Treatment of Infertility With Natural Procreative Technology in an Irish General Practice
Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH, Tracey A. Parnell, MD and Phil C. Boyle, MB
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (JBS)
Department of Family Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (TAP)
Galway Clinic, Ireland (PCB)
International Institute of Restorative Reproductive Medicine, London, United Kingdom (JBS, TAP, PCB)
LifeSiteNews.com article: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/oct/08102309.html
“Nearly half the patients we see have been told they have unexplained infertility,” said Dr. Boyle. “After NPT investigations, 2/3 of the patients had a hormone abnormality and more than 1/4 were diagnosed with cervical mucus dysfunction, a critical factor for sperm survival and transport. Once these and other problems were identified and treated, NPT enabled the couples to conceive using a natural act of intercourse.”
Overall, 52.8% of patients completing treatment could expect to have a successful live birth, which rivals previously published results for expensive in vitro fertilization (IVF), which may require patients to endure multiple invasive treatments to achieve a similar success rate.
The NPT result is even more remarkable given that a third of these patients had already failed IVF, were older and had tried longer to have a baby. For patients who hadn't tried IVF, the live birth rate rose to 61.5%.
Professor Joseph Stanford, the paper's lead author states: “This study represents a landmark publication that demonstrates that NPT is a safe and highly effective alternative to existing treatment options, even for patients who have unsuccessfully tried other reproductive treatments. GPs and Obstetricians who were previously not aware of NPT will now be able to inform patients that they have other viable and effective choices to help them have a baby.”