One-quarter of in vitro fertilization (“test-tube baby”) treatments result in a pregnancy and onefifth in a live baby, according to the latest statistics on IVF issued Sunday by the Health Ministry.

The successful use of IVF to create a live baby has risen in recent years, with them constituting 4.4 percent of all births in 2012, compared to 4.1% in 2011, 3.3% in 2005 and 2.5% in 1997, the ministry said. Rates of success have remained stable.

Women in the age limits of fertility are entitled to apply for IVF treatment at no cost to produce two healthy children as part of the benefits of the basket of health services provided by the public health funds.

The number of IVF cycles in 2012 rose to 39,606, compared to 38,284 during the previous year and only 18,011 in 2000. The number of pregnancies after IVF increased to 9,746 in 2012, compared to 8,796 a year before and 4,217 in 2000. The number of live babies resulting from IVF rose to 7,565 in 2012, compared to 6,901 in 2011 and 3,546 in 2000.

As fewer embryos are returned to the womb after successful fertilization of ova, the average number of live babies born to each women was 1.2 – a stable rate over the last decade.

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