IVF highly ineffective, study reports

Baptist Press
Posted: Nov 09, 2010 3:45 PM
IVF highly ineffective, study reports
WASHINGTON (BP)--In vitro fertilization (IVF) -- regarded by some as a potential cure-all for infertile couples but controversial among some pro-lifers -- is a highly ineffective process, according to research reported by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Based on a study of IVF treatments from 2004-08, researchers with the Shady Grove Fertility Center in Maryland found the following results:

-- 192,991 eggs were retrieved in 14,324 IVF cycles;

-- 110,939 of the eggs were successfully fertilized;

-- Only 44,282 proceeded to develop into viable embryos.

-- Only 8,366 babies will be born from these embryos, and that is based on the premise that all the frozen embryos will be utilized.

As a result, only 7.5 percent of the eggs that are fertilized become children born alive, ASRM reported Oct. 26.

Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.

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