New Hope For In Vitro Fertilization

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) New figures show that in vitro fertilization is more successful than ever before.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that women who try in vitro fertilization have almost the same chance of getting pregnant as couples using the natural method.

In vitro fertilization is the process of fertilizing a woman's eggs outside
the womb, then transferring the fertilized egg to the uterus to develop.

The study of almost 250,000 women showed that fifty-seven
percent of women using reproductive technology had a live birth.

The success rate was lower if women used their own eggs, especially if they were age thirty-eight or older.

The study might also change the thinking of health insurers.

They typically cover only two or three cycles of infertility treatment.

This study finds that success rates can continue to rise beyond three

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