5 million Test Tube Babies Born This Year
Figure goes up from 4.6 million Experts estimate that around now, approximately 5 million babies have been born as a result of assisted reproduction technologies namely IVF and ICSF.
The first test tube baby was born in July 1978, in England, her name was Louise Brown. These data were presented yesterday at the 28th Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Istanbul, Turkey.
Experts from ICMART (International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies) worked out the figure of 5 million babies from the number of IVF and ICSI treatment cycles recorded around the world up to 2008.
The presenters yesterday said that up to the end of last year, the total number of births was about 4.6 million, and this year the total will be around 5 million.
Dr. David Adamson, chairman of ICMART, said:
It means that this technology has been highly successful in treating infertile patients. Millions of families with children have been created, thereby reducing the burden of infertility.
The technology has improved greatly over the years to increase pregnancy rates. The babies are as healthy as those from other infertile patients who conceive spontaneously. The technology is available globally in many different cultures. The major barriers to access are economic, and societal in some situations. With these accomplishments as a technology, and with recognition of Professor Robert Edwards as a Nobel Laureate, IVF is firmly established now in the mainstream of medicine.