Five Million “Test Tube Babies” Born Through In-Vitro Fertilization to Date

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IVF has helped infertile couples deliver 5 million babies worldwide (hscweb3.hsc.usf.edu)

In-vitro fertilization (IVF), the process of fertilizing an egg with sperm outside of the woman’s body, was only used for the first time in 1978. But now, just over 30 years later, the ground-breaking procedure has resulted in 5 million births worldwide.

The data was released by the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Icmart) at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference, where researchers cautioned the public that the success of the procedure should not be viewed as insurance for couples who want to delay pregnancy until an age where conception is more difficult, if not very unlikely; IVF is intended for and more successful in younger, infertile couples.

No matter the method of conception, read the Vitals Pregnancy Patient Guide for helpful information on what to expect at your doctor appointment, questions to ask, and more.

Source: bbc.co.uk