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5 Million Babies Born With IVF Finds New Study By PAMF Doctor

G. David Adamson, M.D., Medical Director of Assisted Reproductive Technologies at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Physicians of Northern California, led a new study to estimate the number of babies born globally with the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF). He presented the results at the October 2013 meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) in Boston.

Global estimated prevalence of IVF babies among reporting countries, 2012

Global estimated prevalence of IVF babies among reporting countries, 2012

The new research used data collected by the International Committee for the Monitoring of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART), a nongovernmental organization chaired by Dr. Adamson, to determine the number of children born due to IVF since 1978, when the first IVF baby was born. By aggregating 10 international reports, the study estimated that 5 million babies have now been born with the help of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), which include IVF, egg donation, egg freezing and surrogacy.

Reporting ART treatment and results is not mandatory in most countries, so it has been difficult to know how widespread the use of IVF has become. This study, the first of its kind, will help specialists in reproductive endocrinology learn from global trends and practices. While the study spans several decades, more than half of the births occurred in the last six years.

“There have been significant advances in ART technology that have led to improved success rates for IVF treatment. In addition, IVF has become more culturally accepted and more patients have sought treatment in recent years,” said Dr. Adamson.

“IVF has helped so many people have families,” he says. “It is very rewarding to be part of this field and see the happy results this treatment has had on so many lives.”

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Physicians of Northern California

Dr. G. David Adamson

Dr. Adamson

Founded in 1984 by Dr. G. David Adamson, Fertility Physicians of Northern California offers the full range of medical solutions patients need to start a family, from simple drug therapy to advanced procedures such as in vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic screening. FPNC joined the Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology department at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in the summer of 2013.