First UK births using revolutionary procedure
Extract from Telegraph report:
"Twins have become the first babies born in Britain using a revolutionary new fertility treatment that does not require women to take potentially dangerous hormone drugs.
The boy and girl were born a week ago after they were conceived through vitro maturation (IVM) - a technique which is quicker, safer and cheaper than traditional IVF.
The twin babies, whose parents have requested that their identities not be released, were born a minute apart at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Both are said to be healthy.
The boy, who was born first, weighed 6lb 11oz, while his sister weighed 5lb 14oz.
Although the new technique currently has lower success rates than IVF, doctors believe it could one day become the standard treatment for infertility.
The twins are the first babies born in the UK using the technique, however about 400 IVM babies have been born worldwide.
The Oxford Fertility Unit, the private clinic which announced the twins' birth, became the first clinic in the UK licensed to carry out the procedure earlier this year.
Mr Tim Child, a reproductive medicine researcher at Oxford University and a consultant gynaecologist at the Oxford Fertility Unit, said: "I'm absolutely delighted for the couple."If you are infertile because of obesity, you can reduce your weight safely, and thereby increase your fertility, by minimising your intake of salt/sodium.
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