Recent IVF Market Data
According to the International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, one out of every six couples is affected by some degree of infertility. With the rate of infertility increasing with maternal age and more women starting their families later in life, the demand for assisted reproduction diagnostic tools and procedures is growing at a rate of approximately 10% per year1.
Women and their families who turn to assisted reproduction commonly undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, where a clinician fertilizes an egg(s) outside of a woman’s body and then places the embryo(s) back into the uterus. Unfortunately, approximately four out of five IVF cycles globally fail to produce a live birth for the woman and her family, with the success rate decreasing as maternal age increases. In an attempt to improve success rates, clinicians often transfer multiple embryos for each IVF cycle, particularly for women over the age of 35. As a result, over 20% of IVF births worldwide are twins or higher order multiples1. Multiples dramatically increase the health risks for the mother and her babies, often with long-term developmental consequences.
Despite the low success rate and risk of multiples, approximately 1.5 million IVF procedures are performed across 3,000 IVF clinics worldwide each year1. While figures vary significantly from country to country, average cost of an IVF live birth can reach $35,0002.
In many countries including the U.S., the majority of patients pay out of pocket for IVF cycles while payers bear the healthcare costs associated with multiples. Even in countries where IVF cycles may be partially or fully funded, many couples endure the physical and emotional stress of repeat cycles to achieve live birth, while payers cover the costs of multiple cycles.
- ESHRE ART Fact Sheet: http://www.eshre.eu/Guidelines-and-Legal/ART-fact-sheet.aspx
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology website (http://www.sart.org/) and ESHRE, individual country registries. Data on file.