US Doctors Have Found A New Way To Boost Fertility – Part 1 of 3
US Doctors Have Found A New Way To Boost Fertility. Over the previous four decades, the rate of twin, triplet and other multiple births has soared, at bottom the result of fertility treatments, a new study finds. In 2011, more than one-third of twin births and more than three-quarters of triplets or higher in the United States resulted from fertility treatments. But as the tend for certain treatments – like fertility drugs – has waned, replaced by in vitro fertilization (IVF), so has the rate of multiple births, the researchers say.
And “Data shows that when it comes to multiple births in the United States, the numbers tarry substantial,” said lead researcher Dr Eli Adashi, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University. But the matched birth rate may have plateaued and the birth rate of more than twins has been dropping: “While IVF is a factor here, non-IVF technologies seem to be the main offender.
The main jeopardy of multiple birth is prematurity. “That’s a huge issue for infants. “It remains the conviction of the medical establishment that we are all better off with singleton babies born at term as opposed to multiples that are often born preterm”. The vista is changing toward greater use of IVF and elimination of non-IVF fertility treatments, said Dr Avner Hershlag, chief of the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY “With IVF you have near to full control over the outcome in terms of multiple births, whereas with fertility drugs, you lose control once you trigger ovulation,” said Hershlag, who was not depart of the new study.
Over the years, IVF has become more efficient and experts can almost predict the exact chance of a pregnancy. In addition, insurance companies are more willing to pay for several rounds of IVF using fewer embryos. They are beginning to discern that reducing multiple births cuts the huge costs of neonatal care. Still, too many companies put a cap on the number of rounds of IVF they will pay for.