Single women having IVF soars to 35 per cent, according to latest HFEA report

A new report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association(HFEA) has revealed a 35 per cent rise in single women registering for IVF treatment since 2014

The report outlines significant UK fertility treatment developments between 2014 and 2016 and is the sixth report of its kind.

Some of the key figures to come out of the report include the number of live birth rates frozen fertility cycles surpassed fresh cycles in 2015 for the first time, birth rates from IVF treatments have increased by 85 per cent – about one in three treatment cycles now results in a live birth for patients under 35.

For the first time the report includes figures on IUI and surrogacy.

But the most significant details to come from the report is the statistics on the number of women choosing to have IVF treatment without a partner.

This could be down to women deciding to have children later in life who may not have found their Mr Right and wanted to go it alone using a sperm donor.

Figures released show that 1,272 women registered to have fertility treatment in 2016, compared to 942 in 2014.

HFEA chairwoman Sally Cheshire, CBE said: “The picture that emerges is a largely positive on Clinics have maintained birth rates, while multiple birth rates have continued to fall, representing much safer experiences for women and their children, and a genuine public health success. Overall, this means that more people have the opportunity to create the family they want, through the safest clinical methods.

“Through analysing and publishing the data we hold, we are enabling researchers, clinics and patients to better understand fertility treatment outcomes, and supporting our aim to place patients at the centre of high quality care.”

Dr Jane Stewart, chairwoman of the British Fertility Society welcomes the new HFEA report on trends and figures in fertility treatment, released today (14 March 2018), she said: “IVF and related treatments are safe and effective. The HFEA data confirms year on year advances in success rates and efficiency (low multiple birth rates and increased use of frozen embryos).  These services are highly regulated for safety and quality.

“The resolution of a fertility problem either through achievement of a live birth or support in coming to terms with childlessness is life changing.  Fertility issues are a blight on the lives of so many young adults but in addition have long term effects on not only their own quality of life but also their extended families and across generations.  It is enormously frustrating to see that despite all of this, the broader picture and clear benefits are not taken into account by some commissioners – particularly in England and Northern Ireland – when short term gains of cost cutting priorities are considered and the needs of this group are largely disregarded.”

To read the full HFEA report click here

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