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Reproductive medicine More IVF babies born in Switzerland than ever before

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The IVF success rate is rising, although success is still far from guaranteed.  

(Keystone)

Births from in-vitro fertilization have hit a new high in Switzerland, with more than 2,000 children conceived by IVF born in 2016.

A record number of Swiss couples have had a child by successfully using IVF, according to the latest figures published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) on Tuesday. The FSO says 2,162 babies conceived with the help of IVF were born in 2016, compared with 2,020 in 2015 (up 7%).

It also notes a rise in the success rate in terms of pregnancies. The number of couples undergoing IVF treatment was 6,049. Whilst this number was virtually the same as in 2015, the proportion of women who successfully fell pregnant following the procedure increased for the fourth consecutive year, to 41.5%. 

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The rate of multiple births following IVF treatment was 16%, according to the FSO. 

In terms of demand for IVF, the figures show that assisted reproduction in Switzerland more than doubled between 2002 and 2010, before stabilizing in the last few years.

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