More than 73,000 babies were born from assisted reproduction methods in 2020, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
The figures form part of the organisation’s latest national and clinic-specific ART data and show that there were 301,523 IVF cycles performed during that year.
It represents a decrease from the previous year, which showed 77,256 babies were born from 302, 998 cycles.
SART said that 358 clinics across the US contributed to the report.
Additionally, there was a very slight decrease in fertility preservation cycles for patients freezing and banking their own eggs from 16,163 in 2020 from 16,194 in 2019.
Increasing numbers of patients across all age groups continue to choose elective single embryo transfer (eSET), which critically decreases the risk of multiple births, with its use increasing to 78.4 percent of transfer cycles in 2020, up from 75 percent in 2019.
Accordingly, among ART-conceived pregnancies, singleton births increased to 93.8 percent (2020) from 93 percent (2019), twin births decreased to 6.1 percent in 2020 from 7 percent in 2019, and triplet births remained the same at only 0.1 percent of all ART births in 2020.
SART President Timothy N Hickman, MD, said: “2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including our clinics and their patients, but we are pleased that despite the challenges of COVID-19, there were only slight reductions in the utilisation of infertility services.”
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