IVF in Australia: a snapshot

A new report is providing an insight into IVF births in Australia, including success rates and current trends.

The study, Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia and New Zealand, was compiled by UNSW medical researchers.

It reveals that in 2018 almost one in 20 babies in Australia were born through IVF, and that number is set to increase.

In 2018, there were 84,064 initiated IVF cycles, an increase by 2.2 per cent from 2017.

In good news, IVF success is growing steadily too, with the live birth rate per embryo transfer increasing from 24.3 per cent in 2014 to 27.3 per cent in 2018.

Some things, though, haven’t changed. Age is still a major factor determining IVF success.

There has been an increase in the number of women over 40 seeking out frozen embryo transfer and screening for potential chromosomal abnormalities, raising the success rate.

“The birth rate following frozen embryo transfer cycles (29.3 per cent) was higher than fresh embryo transfer cycles (24.6 per cent),” reported lead author, UNSW Medicine’s Professor Georgina Chambers.

For women between the ages of 40 to 44 years, the live birth rate per embryo transfer was 9.5 per cent for fresh cycles and 20.1 per cent for frozen cycles.

Before the year’s end, the Federal Government plans to launch a new website to give hopeful parents analytics and success rates from independent fertility providers.

The My IVF Success website will also share statistics on individuals’ own likelihood of conceiving with treatment based on personal characteristics.