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IVF highly ineffective, study reports

WASHINGTON (BP)–In vitro fertilization (IVF) — regarded by some as a potential cure-all for infertile couples but controversial among some pro-lifers — is a highly ineffective process, according to research reported by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Based on a study of IVF treatments from 2004-08, researchers with the Shady Grove Fertility Center in Maryland found the following results:

— 192,991 eggs were retrieved in 14,324 IVF cycles;

— 110,939 of the eggs were successfully fertilized;

— Only 44,282 proceeded to develop into viable embryos.

— Only 8,366 babies will be born from these embryos, and that is based on the premise that all the frozen embryos will be utilized.

As a result, only 7.5 percent of the eggs that are fertilized become children born alive, ASRM reported Oct. 26.
Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.

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