• Online Calculator Helps Assess Chances for IVF Success

    British researchers have produced a model that allows couples to test their chance of success online for IVF treatment.
  • pregnantA formula has been developed by a team of researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol that allows couples to gauge their chance of success of conceiving with in vitro fertilization (IVF) <  >. A free online version on ivfpredict.com of the computer calculator application is available online whether IVF is for them or not. The application is currently being adapted for Android smart phones and the Apple iPhone so that the results may be discussed by couples with their physicians.

    These British researchers analyzed over 144,000 IVF cycles spanning 2003-2007 to come up with the statistical model for the calculator, which is 99% accurate. The information was supplied by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

    According to lead researcher Scott Nelson, the calculator involves data not commonly taken under consideration when estimating the likelihood of IVF success. Factors such as the woman’s age, the number of years that she’s been trying to conceive, what type of donor eggs to be used for the treatment, the cause of infertility, number of previous IVF cycles and any history of pregnancy or childbirth are included. “"Treatment-specific factors can be used to provide infertile couples with a very accurate assessment of their chance of a successful outcome following IVF," Nelson said. “The result of this study is a tool which can be used to make incredibly accurate predictions," he added.

    The journal Public Library of Science has published a study on the model.

    About a staggering 80 million couples around the world are infertile, says experts.



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    SOURCES:
    •    Kate Kelland. January 4, 2011. “Odds of an IVF baby? There’s an app for that” Reuters.com
    •    January 7, 2011. “Scientists Create Online Calculator To Assess Potential IVF Success” MedicalNewsToday
    •    Sarah Boseley. January 5, 2011. “Online IVF calculator will predict chances of fertility treatment success” Guardian.co.uk

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