The number of test-tube babies born in the United States has surged to 61,740 in 2012.
Increase in IVF procedures
IVF technology was introduced in the country in the 1980s. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), test-tube babies accounted for almost 1.5 percent of all babies born in the country.
SART has compiled data of 379 fertility clinics across the country and said they performed 165,172 in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in 2012. That led to a record 61,740 babies, which is 2,000 more IVF babies than in 2011.
Success of pregnancy
Health experts urge couples to start a family before age 35, as the percentage of success rate is 10 times higher in women under 35 compared to those who are 42 years old.
“It’s important for people to understand that women over 35 have the highest percentage of failures,” said Miriam Zoll, author of the 2013 book “Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies.”