Couple expecting quadruplets after 8 years of trying to become pregnant

Ashley and Tyson Gardner, of Utah, United States were shocked to discover that they are expecting two sets of identical twin baby girls after undergoing their first in vitro fertilization cycle. At 70 million to 1, the odds of this happening were even greater than the odds of winning a lottery. Doctors transferred two embryos into Ashley’s uterus and both embryos split – leaving them with four babies. Ashley suffers from endometriosis, a common female health condition where cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and outer surface of the uterus, making it difficult for women to conceive.

Ashley and Tyson had been trying to conceive for 8 years. Ashley said she tried “everything” including specific diets, having a laparoscopy, fertility medication, and four failed intra-uterine inseminations before trying IVF. She explained:

“My endometriosis was so bad that we found during the IVF process that it had compromised my eggs. They all started dying off and left us with one perfect egg and one good egg…They put both back to give me the best odds of one sticking. The chances of even getting one to stick was 40 per cent. To have both stick and both split… well, that’s a one-in-70 million chance!”

However, the couple is aware of the risks involved with a multiple pregnancy. The babies are due to be born by caesarean section in December, and Ashley and Tyson are hopeful that all four babies will be healthy. The couple has started a Facebook page to chronicle their fertility journey at A Miracle Unfolding – Gardner Quadruplets

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