Fertility Treatments- a great medical success story with births hitting 5 million mark
A recent comprehensive report says that 5 million babies have been born since late 1970’s through assisted fertility treatments. The first “test tube baby” was born in 1978 and the numbers have been multiplying over years. From 2007, 2.4 million babies have been born through fertility treatments. Richard Kennedy rightly terms this as “a great medical success story”
Another study also puts forth results which need more focus and a possible revaluation. Researchers have been done in more than 250,000 fertility treatment cycles performed in US from 2008-2010. Removal of 16-20 eggs rather than 11-15 eggs showed increase in live birth rates from 39% to 43%. It also increased chances of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome from 0.93% to 1.67%. Retrieval of more than 25 eggs increased live birth rate to 42%. Consequently it increased rate of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome to 6.5%. This research is termed preliminary until published in peer-reviewed journal.