As new discoveries occur in the area of assisted reproductive technologies and fertility medicine, more and more people are able to reap the benefits of science. The annual report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) showed the latest figures on in vitro fertilization (IVF) at an all-time high. In 2012, almost 40% of the 165,000-plus IVF procedures in the United States resulted in the birth of babies. That was 2,000 more IVF births than in the previous year.
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SART’s statistics came from 379 member fertility clinics, representing more than 90% of infertility clinics in the country. Of the 3.9 million babies born in the U.S. that year, IVF babies made up about 1.5%, or 61,740, which is more than ever before, according to SART.
Statistics suggest that the increase in IVF births may relate to the continuing trend of women choosing to have children later in life, when infertility tends to be more of a problem for women and men. Today, the average age of first-time mothers is 26 years, in contrast to just 21.4 years old in 1970.