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San Diego in-vitro fertilization clinic offers new treatment for hopeful mothers

Posted: 12:01 PM, Nov 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-11 20:43:52-05
In vitro fertilization clinic patient

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - There is new hope for women who were told they could never get pregnant. A local clinic is offering groundbreaking fertility procedures you won't find anywhere else.

For 48-year-old Cherie Friesth, this Carmel Valley clinic is giving her hope.

"This just gives you a little help and a boost towards that goal," said Friesth.

She's already a mother of four and a grandmother of eight, but she wants one more.

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"It’s the best thing," said Friesth. "This will make it nice that [my son] has someone to look out for and play with."

She came all the way from Iowa for Ovarian Rejuvenation. Gen 5 Fertility helps women increase their chances of getting pregnant through Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP. Dr. Samuel Wood is giving them hope. Most of his patients are over the age of 42.

"In most cases these women have gone to other fertility centers and have been told 'you have no chance, we’re not going to work with you'", said Wood.

The procedure works by isolating platelets from the blood and injecting them back into the ovaries. It helps recruit stem cells that can turn into eggs.

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"We actually dramatically increase the chance that they will have a normal embryo," said Wood. "When you put a normal embryo in then the chance is extremely high; 80 to 90 percent."

For Friesth, it's been a year-long process.

"Especially with my age, this is a delicate procedure and I didn’t want to be a guinea pig," said Friesth. "I just keep smiling and thinking it's going to be worth it."

Her doctor says her chances are pretty good.

"She did not do well in terms of egg number, but it improved the quality of the egg so that we got an embryo that was actually normal in a woman who is 48 years old, and that’s extremely unusual," said Wood.

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The procedure is giving hope when it seemed impossible.

"If she succeeds, she will be the oldest patient to ever succeed through IVF," said Wood. "So we’re all very excited and anxious to see how things go."

"In the end it's gotta pay out," said Friesth. "If it doesn’t, than it wasn’t meant to be and we tried."

Friesth told 10News the procedure cost her around $30,000. She will find out if she's pregnant by the end of November.