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Woman expecting quintuplets without using IVF

Woman expecting quintuplets without using IVF One in 60 million chance

An Australian woman is expecting quintuplets without having used fertility treatment - an exceedingly rare event.

The likelihood of having quintuplets is one in 60 million pregnancies. Must multiple foetus pregnancies occur following in-vitro fertilisation, or IVF.

Melissa Keevers, from Brisbane, was artificially inseminated with sperm from an anonymous donor, who was sourced thorough an internet fertility company in the US.

Unlike artificial insemination, where sperm is simply placed into the female reproductive tract, with IVF the egg cells are fertilised by sperm outside the body, and the fertilised egg is placed into the recipient's uterus.

The discovery was made when Ms Keevers, 27, saw a doctor to get treatment for her morning sickness.

She and her partner already have a one year old daughter, and were hoping for another child when they received the news.

Ms Keevers said she was aware of the dangers involved in carrying five embryos to full term, but planned to do so.

This article was published on Thu 7 October 2010

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