According to a study by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, more American women are having babies with the assistance of in-vitro fertilization. In 2012 alone, over 61,000 babies were born as a result of in-vitro fertilization, and over 165,000 separate procedures were performed. That is a distinct hike over 2,000 more infants than previously seen in 2011. Interestingly enough, in the last seven years, the overall U.S. birth rate has continued to decline steadily. There are a variety of reasons for the hike in in-vitro fertilization usage and the decrease in overall births. Read on for a look at why in-vitro fertilization is on the rise in the U.S.
Women are Having Babies Later in Life
The average age of a woman at her first marriage is 26 years old. With that being said, more and more women are having babies later in life, rather than during their twenties. Whether it be a lifestyle choice, from career obligations to opting to travel before you have children, women are choosing to have children later in life. That is a decision that they should feel free to make, however, it is not without a potential caveat. As women age, their reproductive health can decline and this can make it harder to naturally conceive a baby. That, in part, is why in-vitro fertilization is on the rise in the United States.
Benefits of IVF
There are many benefits to In-Vitro fertilization other than helping couples conceive a baby, when they had found difficulty doing so on their own. Another huge benefit is that IVF can reduce the risk of birth defects. With so much study going into IVF research, scientists are hoping to be able to learn how to reduce birth defects through IVF. In addition, by using IVF, if you are at a high risk of passing on an illness or congenital defect to your fetus, IVF helps to lessen this risk.
The Bottom Line
With more and more women have children later in life when reproduction health begins to decline, it is natural to see the spike in In Vitro Fertilization. It is important that couples don’t jump to conclusions before opting for In-Vitro Fertilization, though. It is important to try to conceive naturally before asking for medical or scientific intervention. While the numbers have gone up in recent years, it is important to remember that In-Vitro Fertilization is still quite costly.