At least one million babies have been born in the U.S using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive technologies, a new report has found. The latest report was released this week by the U.S. Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), which started to collect data on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in 1985.
For 2015, SART’s 371 member clinics, which represent more than 90 percent of the infertility clinics in the country, reported that they performed 213,004 treatment cycles, resulting in the birth of 67,818 babies.
Positive trends in treatment and outcomes continued in 2015, with 34.5 percent of procedures transferring a single embryo, compared to 27.2 percent in 2014, the report stated.
According to the report “Fewer embryos transferred leads to lower incidence of multiple birth: 80.5 percent of babies born from 2015 cycles were singletons; 19.1 percent twins; and fewer than one-half of one percent were triplets (or higher order)”.
In addition, with improvements in egg cryopreservation techniques, the use of frozen donor eggs has increased.In 2014, 2,886 recipient cycle starts used frozen donor eggs, and this number rose to 3,215 in 2015, it said.
IVF was introduced in the United States in 1981, and according to SART, about one in every 100 babies born in the country was conceived using IVF and related treatments.
The world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born in Britain in 1978.
In Vitro Fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVF. IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus