More Than 30,000 Babies Born in ’99 as a Result of ART Procedures


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December 14, 2001                                                                             December 14, 2001         




More Than 30,000 Babies Born in ’99 as a Result of ART Procedures

More than 30,000 babies were born in 1999 as the result of assisted reproductive technology (ART) according to the latest annual report on fertility clinic success.

According to the new report, 370 clinics nationwide performed 86,822 ART cycles where human eggs are fertilized with sperm in a laboratory and transferred into a woman’s uterus. These procedures resulted in the birth of 30,285 babies. Slightly over 25% of the ART cycles resulted in a birth of a baby for women using their own eggs. This figure is an improvement over the 1998 rate. In 1995, the first year the CDC reported the data, the overall success rate was below 20%.

“We are very proud of our role in bringing this information to the public,” said Jamie Grifo, MD, PhD, President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). “Infertility clinics in the United States are virtually the only medical facilities in the world that report their medical outcomes in this comprehensive way. Our members work very hard to collect this data, and use it to improve treatments for their patients. It is a major undertaking for the SART member clinics to assist us in collecting this information, and we appreciate all the hard work that goes into it.”

William Keye, MD, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) added, “Information in this report will help patients as they struggle with their infertility.” He urged consumers to be careful in how they use the data however. “Success rates depend on many factors, including the characteristics of the patients they are treating. Individual patients should work with their physicians to find the right facility for them.”

The 1999 report was prepared jointly by the CDC, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), and RESOLVE, a national consumer organization that helps people with infertility issues. The full report is available on the CDC Web site at: or printed copies can be ordered by calling CDC at (770) 488-5372.

ASRM, founded in 1944, has more than 8,500 members who are devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine and biology. ASRM-affiliate societies include the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.


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