A report by the Society for Assisted Reproductive
Technology (SART) shows that 165,172 assisted reproduction procedures
were carried out by its member clinics in 2012. More than 99 percent of these
procedures were IVF, amounting to 61,740 births, or more than 1.5 percent of
all babies born in the country that year. According to SART, this is
the largest number of procedures, of babies and percentage of babies born
through IVF ever reported.
IVF was most likely to be successful in women under 35, with
46.7 percent of cycles resulting in pregnancy and 40.7 percent resulting in
live birth. Women aged above 42 had the lowest success rate, with 8.6 percent
of cycles resulting in pregnancy and 3.9 percent resulting in live birth.
The figures also show a year-on-year reduction in the number
of twin and triplet births, as fewer embryos were transferred per treatment
A statement released by SART called this a 'positive trend'
and added: 'Reducing multiple births,
which can be risky for both mothers and children, has been a major focus of
SART and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine over the last
SART's 379 member clinics represent more than 90 percent of
the infertility clinics in the country.
The organisation's president, Dr Charles Coddington,
commented: 'Better information leads to better informed patients and
physicians, and better treatments. Most importantly, better data leads to more
and healthier babies'.
'Our members go to a great deal of time and expense to
enable us to collect this information. They know the value of this unique
Despite the good news of climbing success rates, CNN's
report draws attention to the 'prohibitive' high cost of IVF in the USA.
'Most assisted reproductive technologies are not
covered by insurance, or the reimbursements are capped', it says.