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Web resource based on five years of medical records aims to tell women their likelihood of giving birth with 99% accuracy
Women hoping to have a baby through fertility treatment can from today use an online calculator to show them how likely they are to succeed.
IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) is expensive, only sometimes available on the NHS and less successful than many people think.
IVF - Researchers have developed a new model that better predicts the success of IVF treatment.
To create the new model “144,018 treatment cycles were prospectively studied to determine how couples' baseline characteristics might influence the probabilities of live birth and adverse perinatal outcomes.”
Women who have one embryo transferred during IVF treatment are five times more likely to give birth to a healthy baby than those who receive two embryos, research shows today.
Those who have two embryos are more likely to get pregnant but are at greater risk of delivering a premature or low-weight child, researchers found.
IVF treatment's popularity has soard this decade.
The number of lesbian couples undergoing IVF treatment leapt from 176 in 2007 to 350 in 2009, according to figures reportd by Mail Online.
In 2008, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act allowed for the first time two mothers or fathers to be named on a child’s birth certificate.
It also removed the requirement of a father figure in the child’s life in favour of “supportive” parenting without regard to gender.
The law which said that every child needs a father has been relaxed in the UK, so there's been a rapid increase in the number of lesbian couples using IVF treatment. The same trend has also been noticed in single women.
Records show the number of lesbian couples seeking IVF has doubled and the rise has tripled among single women. In 2009, 350 lesbian couples underwent the treatment - in '07, the number was 176. As for the single women, the rise has been from 347 in '07 to 1,070 in '09.
A delighted couple revealed today they were the first to conceive with an IVF alternative dubbed the 'fertility sat nav'.
Marie and Mirco Martinelli believed they would never be able to have children after suffering three miscarriages in just two years.
They signed up for IVF but were told there was a two-year waiting list for treatment. So they took part in a trial for DuoFertility, a ground-breaking temperature measuring device that promised pregnancy within 12 months.
I know that over the holidays it is often hard to remember all of things that we should be thankful for, especially when you are wanting a child so badly that it takes over your very being. But, we all need to remember that having hope is a blessing in itself. The very fact that you can create your family through adoption, surrogacy, third party family building, IVF, or one of the many other medical procedures that are now available should provide us the hope that we can all be thankful for. So, while your dream of a family may still be just that - let us all be thankful for hope.