Every one in 64 babies now born out of IVF
One in 64 babies are now being born after IVF as more British couples seek fertility treatment and success rates hit an all-time high, a study has found.
More than 32,000 women had IVF treatment in 2005, up 6% on the previous year.
And almost 6,000 women over the age of 40 underwent IVF treatment in 2005, giving birth to 1,006 babies.
In total there were 722,500 babies born in Britain in 2005 – the latest year for which figures are available – 11,262 of which were a result of IVF.
If you’re 35 or under, the chances of IVF success are now 30% – higher than the chances of natural conception.
The figures come from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which last week also called for clinicians to work to reduce the multiple birth rate from one in four IVF births to one in 10 for safety reasons.
The proportion of IVF births that are twins or triplets has risen from a British average in 2004 of 23% to 24% in 2005.
Alan Doran, the HFEA’s interim chief executive, said: ‘Multiple births continue to be a concern because of the increased risk to mothers and babies.’
But Allan Pacey, the secretary of the British Fertility Society, which represents clinicians in the field, said that until more cycles of treatment were funded on the NHS, patients would continue to press for more than one embryo to be transferred to the womb to maximise their chances of a pregnancy.