How Often is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Successful?

How Often is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Successful?

What Is ART?

Assisted reproductive technology refers to any fertility treatments, including IVF, electrical stimulation to achieve ejaculation, surgical sperm removal, single sperm fertilization and assisted implantation. Assisted reproductive technology also includes ZIFT, GIFT, and EFTClaim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Although the ART term refers to all of these different types of reproductive technologies, IVF is by far the most popular one, accounting for more than 95% of all reproductive technologies used. So, just how successful are these technologies?

How successful is ART?

It would be much more simple if there were just an easy way to say how successful certain ART treatments are. However, there are just so many different factors that go into each and every case, it is hard to say for sure the success rates.

Some couples might have deeper and more serious fertility issues, while some couples might only have small issues that are easily fixed through IVF. Other couples might be older, which can affect ART success rates as well. There are so many different factors that are involved. The number of embryos transferred also affects the success rate, for example.

Most recent news

The Centers For Disease Control records all ART data, and the most recent data that is available is from 2011. That data shows that 451 different clinics in the USA performed ART procedures in 2011, and there were 61,610 live born infants during that year. This might sound like a huge number, but in fact, only a little over 1% of babies are born using ART methods.

However, it is gaining in popularity and more and more couples are turning to ART to help them conceive their babies. Many couples have been able to become parents using IVF or other reproductive technologies that weren’t always available and they have been a great asset to many families.

What to remember

It is important that couples remember that although ART methods are very high tech, and they allow many couples to become parents when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. However, couples need to remember that even though ART uses state of the art technology and it costs a lot of money, that still does not mean that it will be successful.

You can donate a lot of money and a lot of time to ART, and there are no guarantees that they will work. However, they are a great option for many couples and many, many babies have been born as a result of ART treatment methods.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.