More than 300,000 children have been born in the UK over the last quarter of a century through the IVF and other fertility techniques, these new figures show.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said the figure, which includes the number of babies born from IVF and donor insemination (DI) between 1991 and 2015, was a “milestone”. This report said that fertility treatment has grown markedly since 2010, with almost a third of these babies arriving in the six years to 2015.

Meanwhile, more than a million cycles of IVF have taken place in the UK in the last quarter of a century. By the end of 2015, the number of cycles of in vitro fertilisation cycles carried out since 1991 stood at 1,034,601, according to the HFEA. The first cycle of IVF was completed 40 years back by British scientists. after its success its spread to the other parts of the world. The average age of women having fertility treatment is 35 years and this has remained largely static over recent years, the HFEA added.

Treatments involving women aged 18-34 remain the largest single group, accounting for 43% of all treatments, while treatments for women aged 40 and over account for just 20% of all treatments (14,500), with very few treatments being provided to women over 45.

The HFEA, which regulates UK fertility clinics, released the figures to mark National Fertility Awareness Week.

HFEA chairwoman Sally Cheshire said: “The figures we have released today show that the UK’s fertility sector continues to be one of the most vibrant and successful in the world.

“Families using assisted reproduction services across the UK are better served than ever before, and we will continue to encourage all who work in the sector to offer the highest quality support for patients who are both successful and unsuccessful.”

Susan Seenan, chief executive of patient charity Fertility Network UK, added: “We welcome the publication during National Fertility Awareness Week of the new IVF milestones from the HFEA.

“The extraordinary growth of IVF in the last six years shows the pressing need for practical and emotional support and advice for the many people facing fertility issues.

“It is also significant to note that this data underlines that fertility services are used mainly by younger women, aged under 35, who will have been trying for a baby for at least two years and often more.

“National Fertility Awareness Week is about challenging perceptions and we hope this helps to dispel any misconceptions about IVF and female age.”


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