IVF boom as 10,000 babies born a year

IVF surge as 10,000 UK babies born each year

The number of IVF babies born in the UK has surged to over 10,000 for the first time ever, according to new figures.

There were 10.242 births in 2006, resulting in 12,596 babies, a rise of 13% on the number of births the year before.

Data collected by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) revealed that the success rate of IVF rose across every age group. The live birth rate increased in 2006, with 23.1% of treatment cycles resulting in a live birth – a rise of 1.5% on the year before.

The number of women choosing to undergo IVF treatment has also grown, with 34,855 being treated in UK clinics in 2006, a rise of 6.8% on the previous year. Of those women, 44, 275 cycles of IVF treatment were carried out.

The multiple birth rate has dropped  from 24% of births in 2005 to 22.7% in 2006.

Professor Lisa Jardine, chairman of the HFEA, confirmed IVF treatment ‘is now commonplace’ but highlighted her concern over the slump in the number of donor insemination cycles for patients requiring donor sperm.

She stated: ‘The HFEA is supportive of clinics that are actively recruiting donors and we welcome the British Fertility Society working party proposals to introduce a national system for donor recruitment.’

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