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From Hope Comes Love

Anita and Scott Dickerson of St. Charles have two children, Scarlett and Cannon. (Photo provided)

Anita Dickerson felt emotionally drained when she was went through treatments for infertility.

“It’s just exhausting because you feel like all your life, you’ve been waiting to have a baby,” the 34-year-old St. Charles resident says.

In the fall of 2007, after two years of marriage, Dickerson and her husband, Scott, sought local help from the Center for Reproductive Health to have a baby.

She started with the fertility drug Clomid to stimulate her ovaries to improve egg production.

When that didn’t work, the couple tried intrauterine insemination, the most common type of artificial insemination. This treatment involves taking medication to increase egg production and placing the partner’s sperm in the uterus with a catheter.

But the Dickersons didn’t have success with that treatment either.

In vitro fertilization was the next option. As part of IVF, a woman takes medication to stimulate her ovaries for egg production. Then the best eggs and sperm are fertilized in a laboratory and at least one embryo is transferred to the mother’s womb.

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