February 19, 2014
HOUSTON, TX – When there’s a will, there’s a way. There’s a new record in the number of women using in vitro fertilization to get pregnant. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology says 1.5% of all babies born in the U.S. in 2012 got a push in the lab.
61,740 new little crying souls had their cute pictures posted on Facebook; an increase of about 2,000 compared to 2011. But don’t hold the Octomom accountable for all of them, alright? In fact, the report says the number of multiple embryos being transferred in IVF treatments has declined.
“The triplets rate is down to less than 1%, while the twins rate is still about 10 to 20%, based on the age group,” explained Dr. Timothy N. Hickman, Medical Director of Houston IVF. “But it’s less than what it has been in the past.”
Without a doubt, this is an act of love. So, what’s the damage?
“About one in four employers in Texas will choose to cover IVF as a covered benefit. When people don’t have coverage, it typically ranges between $10,000 to $15,000 for an IVF cycle.”
While one trend goes up, another goes down. Since 2007, Americans are having less and fewer children. You know: career ambitions, there’s increased desires to explore life and get married later. Either way, we live in a world of possibilities: who says it always takes two to Tango?