Online fertility calculator to help predict IVF success

If a tool existed that could tell you whether your IVF journey is going to end with a baby in your arms, would you use it?

Well as early as next year, Australian parents will be able to calculate their chance of IVF success online, thanks to a tool that the Government says will help people make more informed choices.

The online tool will use data collected from the Australia and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database (ANZARD) to develop a pregnancy predictor model and tell women the real chances of them falling pregnant.

Couples will receive a result based on factors that include their age, medical conditions and the number of fertility treatment cycles they have completed.

The ANZARD is managed by UNSW’s National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU).

The model will work like a calculator and give people an estimate of their chance of success.

Around one in six Australian couples will experience problems with fertility.

A 2013 survey conducted by VARTA found most Australians who wanted to have a child overestimated the average fertility window by 10 years.

Stories about celebrities in their 40s with babies can add to existing misconceptions about the chance of success.Add to shortl

The predictor tool is expected to be released late next year.

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