Facts about Infertility Treatment in the United States

• In 1995, 16,000 children were born due to assisted reproductive technologies.

• Infertility affects 6.1 million American women and their partners, which is about 10% of the reproductive-age population.

• Fewer than 5% of infertile couples in treatment actually use in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

• According to the latest statistics, the success rate of IVF is 22.8% live births per egg retrieval.

This success rate is similar to the 20% chance that a healthy, reproductive couple has of achieving pregnancy that results in a live-born baby in any given month.

• Success with IVF increases with the number of cycles attempted, up to four cycles.

• Of the 78% pregnancies as a result of IVF that result in a live birth, about half are singletons, 24% are twins, and 5% are triplets or more.

• More than 70,000 babies have been born in the United States due to all assisted reproductive technologies.

• Since 1981, the first time IVF was used in the United States, 45,000 babies have been born in this country due to the technique.

• One cycle of IVF costs an average of $7,800.

• IVF has reduced the number of tubal surgeries by half.

• Recent improvements in medication, microsurgery, and in-vitro fertilization techniques make pregnancy possible for more than half of the couples pursuing treatments.