Research has been published suggesting that medically assisted fertility success rates almost match natural conception rates.
The research calculated the success rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted fertility treatments between 2004 and 2009. From the 250,000 women that were treated with assisted fertility in the United States, 57% of them successfully achieved live birth, while the success rate for all assisted fertility cycles was around 30%.
Researchers noted that through observations and studies, that a number of women drop out of treatment after only their first cycle. Many reasons including the cost, which can range from about $7,000 to $15,000 and the emotional and physical stress endured during these cycles.
They suggested that many factors should be considered to improve the assisted fertility success such as a woman’s age and the quality of her embryos. As a woman ages, so do her eggs, so to improve her success rate it may be suggested she use a donor egg of a younger woman.
An egg of a younger woman can give a 60-80% change of giving birth. A woman under the age of 31 undergoing assisted fertility treatment, her first cycle birth rate is 42%, second cycle 57-62% and the third cycle 63-75%. Whereas a woman undergoing treatment at the age of 43 using her own eggs her first cycle’s percentage is only 4%, second cycle 6-8% and third cycle 7-11%.
They also noted in comparison to the general public a couple’s chances of conceiving spontaneously is predicted as 45% in one month, 65% every six months, and 85% over the course of 12 months.
Dolores J. Lamb, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, firmly believes having such information demonstrate that medically assisted conception nearly matches results of natural conception is ground-breaking.
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