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ivf and infertility by the numbers

Assisted Reproductive Technology Use on the Rise

Great article from Forbes contributor, David Sable below. Apparently, he is not a fan of IVF or the numbers…thoughts?

As investors we “do the math.” In observance of National Infertility Awareness Week (NAIW), a little IVF math: The latest Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology annual report shows 61,740 babies were born from in vitro fertilization procedures performed in 2012. Since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports approximately 4 million births per year, that means that between one and two percent of all births in the United States now occur as a result of IVF. How many of us were conceived through IVF? That number is a little harder to find. ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, recently estimated a total of 5 million IVF babies worldwide. Dividing the 61,740 US babies in 2012 by the estimated 350,000 IVF babies born worldwide per year (International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies estimate) and applying the resulting 18% to the 5 million figure, there are roughly 900,000 people in the United States who were born from IVF cycles. Dividing 900,000 by the US Census Bureau 2013 population estimate tells us that approximately one in 348 of us is an IVF person. This means that: 100 people in the crowd at Fenway Park last night were conceived using IVF. Every obstetrician in the United States delivered on average three IVF babies last year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics obstetrician numbers) If we assume that half of the visitors to Times Square each year are US residents, then on any given day there are 305 US tourists conceived by IVF bumping into each other on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets. A Google search for “IVF stigma” returns 155,000 results in .37 seconds. “Infertility stigma” returns 318,000 results in .39 seconds. “Infertility support” returns 26,800,000. That’s an 84 to 1 support to stigma ratio. Infertility awareness indeed.