A growing number of British women are relying on infertility treatment
to help them have a baby, figures show.
The latest data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) show that a total of 32,626 women had IVF treatment in 2005, leading to the birth of 11,262 babies.
There were also a high proportion of twins and triplets, with 24 per cent of all babies born via IVF being multiple births.
Alan Doran, interim chief executive at the HFEA, said: "Statistics are just one of the many things patients need to consider when choosing a clinic.
"Their age, location, which treatments are available and what the clinic offers to support them are also absolutely key to helping them make informed decisions."
Mr Doran also expressed concern about the high number of multiple births "because of the increased risk to mothers and babies".