Strong growth in number of IVF babies

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The number of children conceived via in vitro fertilisation grew by 40 percent in the 1996-2005 period.

18 January 2008

NIJMEGEN – The number of children conceived via in vitro fertilisation grew by 40 percent in the 1996-2005 period. 15,000 children were conceived by IVF in 2005, compared to 11,000 in 1996.
 
Gynaecologist Jan Kremer of the Nijmegen hospital UMC St Radboud reports this in the issue of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde [Netherlands Journal of Medicine] that appears on Saturday.

The chances of a successful pregnancy using IVF procedures have increased over the past years, as technology improves, says Kremer.

The IVF procedure known as ICSI has been used in the Netherlands since 1994. This method involves the use of a pipette to inject the sperm cell directly into the egg.

In the past there was a greater chance of multiple births with IVF treatments. Mothers and children both are at higher risk for complications with the birth of multiple births.

Doctors have been more successful in preventing multiple births over the past years. The birth rate for multiple births after IVF treatment has declined from 21.4 percent in 2001 to 14.9 percent in 2006.

There are currently eight women in the Netherlands pregnant after undergoing a new IVF procedure called TESE, in which the sperm cell is removed from the father’s testicles directly rather than after ejaculation. This procedure has been in use since 2007.

The method was developed several years ago but was banned in the Netherlands in 1998 because of doubts about its safety. Many couples who opted for the approach had to travel to Belgium or Germany, where TESE was permitted.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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