Egg Freezing cycles jumped 31% in 2021
Mar 30, 2023
Published in: ASRM/SART Press Release
89,208 Babies were Born using Assisted Reproductive Technology According to the Latest SART data
Multiple Birth Rates Continue to DecreaseWashington DC – The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the association of America’s fertility clinics dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), is releasing its latest national and clinic-specific ART data today.
The preliminary national data for 2021 shows that the number of egg-freezing cycles reported by SART-member clinics increased by over 31% from the previous year, from 16,786 to 24,558-. a marked increase in fertility preservation treatment in the US.
Additionally, the data shows an uptick in babies born from 73,602 in 2020 to 89,208 in 2021. This is likely the result of the 19% increase in total cycles performed in 2021 compared to 2020. The increased number of cycles performed may be due to both the resumption of full ART services post-COVID and the dramatic growth in the demand for fertility services. In fact, over the last six years, the total number of cycles has increased by 44%. Currently, over 2% of all births in the US are a result of successful ART cycles.
Increasing numbers of patients across all age groups continue to choose elective single embryo transfer (eSET), which decreases the risk of multiple births. The overall multiple birth rate decreased from 6% in 2020 to 5% in 2021. SART-member clinics transferred a single embryo to patients in 84% of all cycles. In fact, almost 95% of ART babies born in 2021 were singletons, compared to only 80% in 2015.
“As we come out of the COVID-19 Pandemic and back into the full swing of Assisted Reproductive Technology, we are seeing that more people are taking advantage of the family-building options available to them.”- SART President Sangita Jindal, Ph.D., HCLD.
SART, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, is an affiliate of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) with membership consisting of more than 350 clinics throughout the US. Over 95% of ART cycles in 2021 in the US were performed in SART-member clinics.
For almost a century, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has been the global leader in multidisciplinary reproductive medicine research, ethical practice, and education. ASRM impacts reproductive care and science worldwide by creating funding opportunities for advancing reproduction research and discovery, by providing evidence-based education and public health information, and by advocating for reproductive health care professionals and the patients they serve. With members in more than 100 countries, the Society is headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional operations in Birmingham, AL. www.asrm.org
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