New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

New pre-IVF treatment calculator predicts odds of having a baby

A team of British researchers claimed to have developed a pre-treatment calculator that allows couples see their chances of success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) even before completion of the first cycle of treatment.

Traditionally, doctors have been reluctant to estimate a woman’s odds of having a baby before she completes at least one cycle of IVF. But the new calculator allows women to get an estimate of their odds before IIVF’s first cycle.

Lead researcher Dr. David McLernon, of the U.K. University of Aberdeen, said the early estimate can be adjusted based on what a doctor discovers after that the first IIVF cycle is completed.

McLernon said in a statement, “I don’t think women would want to undergo their first cycle of IVF just to determine their chances in future cycles - I think their aim would be to have a baby in that first attempt.”

For the study, the researchers examined data on a total of 113,873 women who completed 184,269 IVF cycles. Overall, 29 per cent of those women delivered a baby after one IVF cycle and 43 per cent had a baby after completing 6 cycles.

The researchers reported their findings in the most recent edition of the international peer reviewed medical journal called the BMJ.

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