Many people today have heard of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other treatments available to couples having difficulty conceiving naturally. IVF involves combining eggs and sperm outside the body in a laboratory. Once an embryo forms, it is then placed in the woman?s uterus, in the hopes that it develops into a healthy baby. Check out these interesting facts about this revolutionary infertility treatment:
? Louise Brown, born in England in 1978, was the first baby to be conceived outside her mother's womb via in vitro fertilization
? About 10-25% of women who have a successful IVF pregnancy will have twins
? Modern medical research maintains that IVF is safe and not associated with birth defects
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? Since 1985 through the end of 2006, almost 500,000 babies have been born in the US alone as a result of reported Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures (IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, and combination procedures)
? IVF currently accounts for more than 99% of ART procedures
Assisted reproductive technologies including IVF can provide solutions and avenues of hope for those struggling to bring a child into the world. Learning more about today?s fertility technology could be the turning point on a couple?s road to pregnancy.