Friday, June 17, 2011

IVF Frequency On the Increase?

I am utterly amazed at the number of people in my life who have done IVF. While the topic seems to be kept on the down low, time and time I've come across someone who conceived through IVF.

Two cousins. A friend at church. An old high school friend. A former colleague. It's truly amazing, and pretty awesome.

I'd be interested to see statistics on the rate of conceptions through IVF. I assume the numbers must be increasing - not just that the procedure is getting more successful, but that more and more people are turning to it as a last resort (versus believing that a baby is not in their future because they cannot conceive naturally).

Is it because the science is getting so good that couples, who in the past may have tried and tried for many years with no luck, are turning to IVF sooner?

Is it because it is covered under SOME health insurance plans? Yes, I know, the rate of coverage isn't nearly where it should be.

I wonder about our own scenario. We tried for about a year and a half before turning to IVF. I know that many of my blog friends tried for much longer than that. In the past, was IVF just for those who had tried for many, many years? And now it is an option sooner in the process?

I don't know, I'm just brainstorming on this Friday because I'm so intrigued by it all.

Feel free to leave your thoughts.


  1. This is Leah from Life According to Leah (I couldn't sign in for some reason)

    We also turned to IVF after about a year and a half, and I remember a lot of people thought that was too soon.

    I hear so many people doing IVF now, but like you said, many keep it hush hush. And I can understand why. I heard someone recently talking about our friend's "test tube baby" conceived through IVF. Seriously? People still use that term?

  2. Leah, I like to think of it as a petri dish baby :) Just joking!

  3. i think there's a lot of different contributers to the increase in ivf, one of which is people having kids later in life. girls used to get married and start families at 17 or 18 whereas now we are going to college and having careers before having kids.