IVF Fails to Improve Pregnancy Odds After 5 Failed Cycles; U.S. couples spend an average of $12,400 on each cycle of IVF treatment

IVF Fails to Improve Pregnancy Odds After 5 Failed Cycles

IVF is unlikely to be successful for any woman regardless of age after five failed rounds, researchers in Australia found in the first national study of pregnancy rates from in vitro fertilization. The chance of delivering a live baby over the first five cycles reaches 40 percent for women of all ages and about 50 percent for women younger than 35, a study by the University of New South Wales’s National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit found. The probability of a live delivery was negligible beyond five cycles, or rounds of drug-treatment used to achieve an IVF pregnancy.The findings may help identify the point at which costly assisted reproductive technologies is no longer feasible. U.S. couples spend an average of $12,400 on each cycle of IVF treatment and cycles may need to be repeated to be successful, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The Australian study, based on data pooled from 35 fertility centers from Australia and New Zealand, found that women 40 years or older represented the fastest-growing group undergoing IVF — or a quarter of patients in 2011. The average age of women undergoing IVF using non-donated gametes was 35.9 years in 2011.

In IVF, eggs that are surgically removed from the ovary are fertilized outside the body, such as in a Petri dish, with sperm. They are examined 40 hours later for signs of fertilization. Embryos are later transferred directly into the uterus or frozen for later use.

The U.K.’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends that as many as three IVF cycles should be offered to eligible couples if the woman is 23 to 39 years, and one cycle should be offered if the woman is 40 to 42 years, provided she has never previously had IVF and has enough eggs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ketaki Gokhale in Mumbai at kgokhale@bloomberg.net

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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