Published on : Feb 18, 2014
In the U.S., the number of pregnancies achieved using medical technology has hit a record high in 2012. Figures indicate that nearly 2 out of every 100 babies born in the United States were conceived with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques and other similar techniques.
These were the findings of a new study that was released on Monday by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).
According to the report, the number of babies born via IVF was the highest ever in 2012, with the society calling this the banner year.
The 379 member clinics of the SART reported a combined figure of 61,740 babies born that were born via IVF. This figure amounts to nearly 2,000 babies more than the 2011 records.
The IVF births amounted to nearly 1.5% of the 3.9 million babies born in the United States in 2012. Considering that was practice was introduced just over four decades ago to enable women suffering from tubal disorders conceive, these figures are nothing short of an accomplishment for any medical practice.
At the same time, reports show that more and more women are actively choosing to transfer just one embryo per cycle, and this has brought down the number of multiple births, resulting in a healthier child being born. Medical practitioners have established that triplets and twins face health concerns, besides putting the mother at risk.
The SART is an organization that is affiliated to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and it is engaged in the compilation of data on an annual basis. The data it compiles mainly pertains to IVF cycles, births, and pregnancies. It also keeps a record of procedures that make use of frozen as well as fresh embryos.