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Treatment for Unexplained Infertility

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"Every time I look at that picture, makes me choke up a little bit."

When Betsy Kilmartin got married, she and her husband tried for nine months to have a baby. Doctors told them they had unexplained infertility. 

"It's hard, you're on an emotional roller coaster."

Betsy used the drug clomiphene or clomid to get pregnant. Now a new study shows it's better option for couples like the Kilmartins. Researchers looked at couples who received either clomid or another drug called letrozole. 

"They found Clomid was much more efficient than letrozole achieving a live birth rate of 23%, whereas the letrozole group only achieved 18%.”

Both drugs stimulate the ovaries to release eggs, which can increase the chances of pregnancy. But in this study researchers found letrozole lead to more twin births. Dr. Tomer Singer says those pregnancies can be more complicated.

"There's a higher rate of c sections more diabetes more preeclampsia."

Betsy's son Lucas is now almost two.

"I love children; I've always wanted to be a mother. It seemed like forever to get there."

And they are almost there again, their second child, also conceived using the drug, is due next month. 

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