Couples who are considering undergoing infertility treatment
will undoubtedly welcome the news that success rates are increasing.
New figures published by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) show that the number of women giving birth after IVF exceeded 10,000 for the first time in 2006.
A total of 10,242 births resulted in 12,596 babies that year, up 13.1 per cent from the previous year.
The figures also show that the proportion of infertility treatment cycles that resulted in a live birth increased by 1.5 per cent between 2005 and 2006, with 23.1 per cent of treatment cycles in 2006 resulting in a live birth.
Professor Lisa Jardine, chair of the HFEA, said that the figures show how far IVF has come in the last 30 years.
"IVF is now commonplace, with the number of treatment cycles and births rising yet again," she revealed.
However, the expert noted that the number of donor insemination cycles has decreased and said that the HFEA is supportive of clinics that actively recruit sperm donors.