Quick Facts about In Vitro Fertilization and Infertility

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.


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