More women receiving fertility treatment
15 April 2009
More women than ever are undergoing fertility treatment according to the latest national data published today on the new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s (HFEA) website.
Launched today, the new website has been developed to help the increasing number of people who are undergoing fertility treatment make more informed choices about their treatment.
According to the new long term trends data, 36,648 women received fertility treatment in 2007 compared to 34,855 in 2006 – an increase of five per cent. In 2006, 12,589 babies were born as a result of IVF and ICSI treatments, compared to just 11,268 in 2005, an increase of nearly 12 per cent.
HFEA started collecting data in 1991 but the first full year of data was available from 1992. Today, more than twice as many women are having treatment as had treatment in 1992.
Professor Lisa Jardine, Chair of the HFEA said:
“Increasing numbers of people are undergoing fertility treatment and it is our job to make sure that they have easy access to information that will help them make the right decisions about their care.
“There is an enormous amount of information out there about infertility and finding a path through it can be daunting. We have listened closely to what people have told us they want and need to know. Statistics are helpful but people also want to know about treatments and funding, the risks and the successes, whether they are just starting their journey or already well down the treatment road.
“Our new website is designed to help people find up to date, detailed information wherever they are on their treatment journey. They can be assured that the information on our site comes from an authoritative and trustworthy source.”
HFEA’s new website is easier to navigate and content has been revised to ensure that people thinking about or undergoing fertility treatment have access to independent and authoritative information about fertility treatment and clinics in the UK.
While the new website is being launched today, HFEA will continue to develop some of the content in preparation for the introduction of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act in October 2009.
Notes to editors
- The HFEA is the independent regulator for IVF treatment and embryo research. Our role is to protect patients and the public interest, to drive improvement in the treatment and research sectors and to provide information to the public and policymakers about treatment and research.
- The HFEA was set up in August 1991 as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The HFEA’s principal tasks are to license and monitor clinics that carry out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), artificial insemination (AI) and human embryo research. The HFEA also regulates the storage of gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos.
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