Our low cost IVF project
We are working on a project with the Walking Egg Foundation to trial a new form of low cost IVF system. Results so far indicate that this system, called the Simplified Culture System (SCS) works as well as conventional IVF systems.
The background of the Walking Egg Project
The Walking Egg Foundation is a charity which has been working with a group of scientists with the aim of reducing the cost of IVF while maintaining the quality. This would mean that access to IVF would increase both in the UK and in the developing world. In this UK, the cost of IVF is high and public funding often comes down to a ‘postcode lottery’.
How can the cost of IVF be reduced?
Many of the costs involved in IVF relate to the laboratory, which is highly expensive to run. The Walking Egg Project uses the Simplified Culture System (SCS), which is a completely enclosed culture system in a shoe-box size environment. This technology allows IVF to be carried out without the need for a full laboratory, thus massively reducing the cost.
Have any studies been carried out on the SCS?
A study has recently been carried out in Belgium which showed that both fertilisation and pregnancy rates were the same using the SCS as they were in traditional IVF. 16 babies have so far been born using the SCS, and there are currently ongoing pregnancies. You can view the study here: http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/1472-6483/PIIS1472648313006287.pdf
At CREATE Fertility we like to be ahead of the curve in terms of offering our patients new technologies, and we believe that the Simplified Culture System is an exciting development. We plan to compare the SCS to standard IVF technology with the plan that we will introduce this technology to the UK.
We are currently progressing with regulatory requirements before we begin the the initial phase of treatment. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact us to register your interest. However, we cannot guarantee a timescale before which the project will begin and it may be sometime before we can commence the study.
We are a private unit and we are not receiving any grant or money to conduct the project. Costs cannot be confirmed at this stage.
Who is eligible to participate in the project?
Patients will be considered for participation in the initial phase of the project if they meet the following criteria.
- Women aged 37 or under
- Those with normal egg reserve
- Those having their first IVF cycle
Consideration for participation in the project does not guarantee a place. There will only be a limited number of places available for the initial phase.
We reserve the right to change or modify the criteria for inclusion in the project as we deem appropriate. Please inquire for full terms and conditions.
How can I express my interest in participating in the study?