The first ever “test tube” baby, Louise Brown, reached the age of 40 this year. IVF treatment has brought more than 8 million babies into the world since she was born in 1978, but fertility treatment has changed a lot over the decades.
The Biggest Changes in IVF Treatment
Fertility treatment has changed in many ways since 1978. Many of the biggest changes are in the way that people think about fertility and IVF:
It isn’t just the way that we think about IVF that have changed over the last four decades. The techniques that we use during IVF treatment have also been improved over time:
All of these changes have had a big impact on the experiences of patients who are undergoing fertility treatment. The success rate of IVF has also increased, from around 10% to about 40% per cycle, on average.
The Future of Fertility Treatment
IVF treatment has come a long way since it was first used 40 years ago, but we still have a lot to learn about fertility and the techniques that we use now can be improved even more. Researchers are exploring many different aspects of fertility, from the impact of pollution and other environmental factors, to the way that the embryo interacts with the womb lining. As we learn more and continue to develop new fertility treatments, we will be able to help even more people to create and grow their families.