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In vitro fertilization success may be dependent on age

For couples having trouble conceiving a child, In vitro fertilization methods can prove highly successful new research finds. Close to two-thirds of younger women in the study were able to have a baby, but the success rate drops dramatically with the mother's age. According to government estimates, more than 1 million women of child-bearing age will seek treatment each year for infertility. The happy news is that many of them can conceive with the latest reproductive technology. In a new study, researchers from Boston tracked more than 6,000 women undergoing in vitro fertilization, or IVF. At least half of all patients gave birth to a baby, and researchers said the real success rate is probably higher because some women do not return after becoming pregnant. However, IVF cannot overcome all fertility issues, especially those caused by aging. While sixty-five percent of women younger than 35 were able to conceive a child within 6 cycles of IVF, the number dropped to just 23 percent for women over 40. Because conception can take several tries even for young, healthy women, experts recommend those under 35 wait at least a year before trying fertility treatment. But because time is of the essence, women older than 40 should wait no longer than six months.

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