How far has assisted reproduction come since Louise Brown, the world’s first test-tube baby, was born in 1977? An international committee monitoring progress in assisted reproduction reported recently that the global total of babies born as a result of IVF and other advanced fertility treatments over the past 40 years is “more than 8 million.”
Dr. David Adamson, speaking at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on behalf of the International Committee for Monitoring ART (ICMART) said: “Based on ICMART’s annual collection of global IVF data, it is estimated that since Louise Brown’s birth in 1978 over 8 million babies have been born from IVF around the world.”
The figure, calculated from data collected from regional registries from 1991 to 2014, represent another steep rise in the cumulative use of IVF in the treatment of infertility. Estimates are that more than a half million babies are now born each year from IVF and ICSI from more than 2 million treatment cycles performed.