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IVF demand rising

7th December 2007

Latest figures for the UK have revealed that the number of women undergoing fertility treatment is continuing to rise.

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That is also reflected in success rates.

There was a 6% rise in the number of women having IVF, up from 30,861 in 2004 to 32,626 in 2005, resulting in the delivery of 11,262 children.

However, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) says the numbers of multiple births continued to be a concern with statistics showing that in 2005, 24% of IVF births were a twin or a triplet, up from 22.7% in 2004.

The HFEA has announced a three-year strategy which is aimed at bringing down the multiple birth rates with a target for clinics to look at ways of cutting the rate to one in 10 or less.

While IVF accounts for only about 1% of all UK births, it accounts for nearly 20% of the multiple births in the country.

The HFEA has now posted a new Find a Clinic section on its website, where patients can find details of treatments on offer at each clinic as well as success rates.

Top fertility clinics for live birth rates include: Lister Fertility Clinic London (43.1%), Centre for Reproductive Medicine Bristol (42.2%) and the Reproductive Genetics Institute London (42%).

Interim chief executive of the HFEA Alan Doran said: “Good and comprehensive information is vital for any patient making choices about their treatment options. Statistics are just one of the many things patients need to consider when choosing a clinic.?

 

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