A: The average cost of an IVF cycle in the United States is $12,400. Like other extremely delicate medical procedures, IVF involves highly trained professionals with sophisticated laboratories and equipment, and the cycle may need to be repeated to be successful. While IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies are not inexpensive, they account for only three hundredths of one percent (0.03%) of U.S. health care costs.
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Birth defects, which occur in nearly one in 20 pregnancies, range in severity from minor anatomic abnormalities to extensive genetic disorders or mental retardation. Some couples have a greater than average risk of having a child with a birth defect.
Baltimore, MD- Canadian researchers have found that the decision of the Quebec government to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization, beginning in August of 2010 accomplished its goal of decreasing the multiple birth rate, however the rate of hospital admission of women pregnant through IVF did not decrease. They found as well that low birth rates among IVF patients over 40 using their own eggs resulted in a very high cost per live birth.
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The latest IVF Success Rate Reports from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) are now online. The 2007 data show several important ongoing trends: the percentage of live births with triplets or more is now below 2%; the average number of embryos transferred has declined; and the percentages of cycles utilizing single embryo transfer is up.
A: Yes. IVF was introduced in the United States in 1981. Since 1985, when we began counting, through the end of 2006, almost 500,000 babies have been born in the United States as a result of reported Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures (IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, and combination procedures). IVF currently accounts for more than 99% of ART procedures with GIFT, ZIFT and combination procedures making up the remainder. The average live delivery rate for IVF in 2005 was 31.6 percent per retrieval--a little better than the 20 per cent chance in any given month that a reproductively healthy couple has of achieving a pregnancy and carrying it to term. In 2002, approximately one in every hundred babies born in the US was conceived using ART and that trend continues today.
What are osteoporosis and osteopenia?
Osteoporosis and osteopenia are conditions of having low bone mass (density). This leads to weakening of the bones and a higher risk of breaking a bone (fracture). Osteoporosis is diagnosed when a person’s bone mineral density measurement falls below a certain threshold. When bone mass is lower than average, but not as low as with osteoporosis, a person is said to be osteopenic. People with osteopenia also have a higher chance of fracture, but not as high as with osteoporosis. Untreated osteopenia can worsen to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass which leads to weakening of the bones. Osteopenia is a disease where the bone density is lower than average and can be a precursor to osteoporosis.
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In the document, ASRM’s Ethics Committee discusses factors contributing to disparities in access to fertility treatment, its utilization, and outcomes in the United States. The disease of infertility affects both men and women and the question of who receives appropriate and effective treatment is subject to economic, racial, ethnic, geographic, and other factors that create inequalities in the population’s access to care. The Committee offers some strategies for increasing access, and calls upon all assisted reproductive technology stakeholders to address and lessen the barriers to infertility care.