IVF's humble beginnings that will surprise you

February is Black History month in the U.S. - a time to observe the achievements of African-Americans in U.S. history.

One woman's contribution had international impact and directly resulted in the development of IVF, among many other achievements.

In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer, made one of the greatest medical contributions ever. 

Her cells, taken from a cervical-cancer biopsy, became the first immortal human cell line. Unlike normal human cells, which divide about 40-50 times before dying away, HeLa (taken from the first 2 letters of her name, in case you didn't notice) cells have the ability to divide indefinitely. 

Although other immortal lines have since been established, Lacks's "HeLa" cells are the standard in labs around the world. Together they outweigh 100 Empire State Buildings and could circle the equator three times. 

Using HeLa cells, scientists learned to isolate one cell and keep it alive - the basic technique for IVF.

And ta-daaa!

Thanks to Lacks' cells, we have the advanced technique of IVF available.

No one can dispute the importance of IVF in helping women overcome fertility issues to have babies.

However, it's not the only way to get pregnant. 

In fact, I daresay that for women over 40, diagnosed with poor egg quality, had multiple failed IVFs or inseminations, had multiple miscarriages, or just want to do everything they can to improve their chances of getting pregnant, improving fertility naturally is a viable option.

And that's what the Fertility Top10 does: http://zenfertility.com/top10

Julie Chang,

Natural Fertility Eggspurt

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