When in vitro fertilization (IVF) started back in 1978, it was certainly a leap forward in reproductive health. It was something that had never been possible before, and it was pushing the boundaries of science. Like everything on the cutting edge, that also meant that it was relatively uncommon.
But that has been changing significantly over the decades. A recent study even claimed that it may become the “new normal.” IVF is becoming far more common all over the world, and the main reason for it is infertility. The study pointed out that roughly 10% of all couples deal with infertility on one level or another, but IVF may provide them with a way to overcome this barrier.
Why is it becoming more common?
One reason that IVF is becoming more common is simply that it is a proven procedure. It is no longer a cutting-edge science, but something that scientists and doctors know can work. This doesn’t mean that it is a guarantee for everyone who uses it, but simply that the science is understood much better today than it was four decades ago, and it can be successful for many couples.
There is also evidence that infertility rates have been increasing around the world. Many people used to have children in their 20s, which is when they are at peak fertility. But people are now putting off marriage and childbirth until their 30s, in many cases, which could mean that fertility issues are more likely.
What do you need to know?
Are you interested in using IVF? You may have questions about how much it costs, how the process works, what steps you need to take and what is required from you and your partner. Be sure you consider all of your legal options carefully as you move forward.