More than 74 Thousand Babies Born from Assisted Reproductive Technology Cycles Done in 2018

Record 90% of babies born from ART are singletons

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the United States’ primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), is releasing its latest national and clinic-specific ART data today.  

The preliminary national data set for 2018 shows 74,590 babies born resulting from 279,288 cycles performed during that year. An increase from the previous year’s number of 71,769 babies born from 261,081 cycles. 367 SART member clinics in the US contributed to the report.  

Increasing numbers of patients across all age groups continue to choose elective single embryo transfer (eSET) with its use increasing to 67.3% in 2018, up from 59.5% in 2017. Accordingly, among ART-conceived pregnancies, singleton births increased to 90.1% up from 87.4% in 2017; twin births decreased to less than 10% (9.7%); and triplet births decreased to 0.2% .  

Fertility preservation cycles for patients freezing and banking their own eggs increased to 13,275 in 2018, up from 9607 in 2017 and 8,825 in 2016.  

SART President Paul Lin MD, said, “SART is proud to provide this rich data set to patients, professionals and the public. There is really no other medical procedure in America which has this much outcome data available. 2018 saw trendlines continue; more overall cycles, more babies, more egg freezing and a continued decline in multiple births.”  

SART, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, is an affiliate of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). SART's member practices perform more than 95% of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles in the United States. 


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National statistics from SART member clinics that reported their data through SART.