The first IVF baby was welcomed into the world on 25th July, 1978. Since Louise Joy Brown was born, more and more couples, who would have been otherwise unlucky, have been able to experience the joy of parenthood year on year. Today, 1% of babies born worldwide are conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
Although there are various types of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and more innovative procedures developed every day, In Vitro Fertilisation or IVF has proven to be the most effective ART procedure. An impressive 99% of ART procedures are IVF or ICSI ( Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedures. But this does not guarantee that it will be an effective method in your case – when it comes to infertility treatments, it is important to keep in mind that each patient is unique and that innumerable factors need to be considered when each time you try a method.
One of the most common myths is that the IVF treatment success rate is higher when more embryos are transferred. On the contrary, the human uterus is meant to carry only one embryo and thereby one child. It is common practice among fertility experts to transfer two or more embryos after IVF resulting in the birth of twins or triplets, however, multiple pregnancies are not recommended and can cause complications for both the mother and the babies. These days, many fertility experts vouch for elective single embryo transfer.
Some clinics claim very high success rates such as 90% or above, whereas the global IVF success rate stands at 35%. There are different parameters that are taken into consideration in calculating the success rates, such as implantation rate, pregnancy rate, and live birth rate. Moreover, IVF success rate will be different from IUI and ICSI success rates. Also the 1st IVF cycle success rate will be lesser than the 2nd cycle and so forth. So, it’s important for you to do thorough research to truly understand success rates and do not hesitate to freely talk to your clinic about this.
IVF has proven to be the most effective fertility treatment for decades. It is in no way a promise, but for many couples, it has played an invaluable part in their lives forever, and we wish it does the same for you.
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