1985, more than 170,000 infants conceived through ART have been born in
the United States, and the success rate of IVF procedures has risen dramatically
over the past 15 years. According to data collected by the
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology in conjunction with
the CDC, the total number of fertility clinics in the United States offering
ART procedures rose from 30 in 1985 to 370 in 1999. The number
born as a result of ART procedures rose from 1,875 in 1987 -- the first
year for which statistics were collected -- to 30,967 in 1999.
of IVF procedures resulting in pregnancy has also risen from
in 1985 to 35.4% in 1999 (ASRM release, 10/14).