3 million IVF babies have been born. Wow. Pretty amazing if you think of it. If you multiply that by the average number of cycles it took before viable pregnancies and then multiply that by the average number of shots each woman got... well... I don't even want to think of those numbers.
As I read the article I thought - one out of each million IVF babies born so far in the world is mine :-)
Today my oldest daughter (IVF, conceived after 3 years of infertility) had the Bat Mitzvah party for her friends. We rented a screening room at the new movie theater in town and the kids got popcorn & drinks & watched a movie. The mess stayed there - good thing too - I would have run out of bags for my vacuum cleaner...
Anyway, earlier in the day I had taken her to a mall about 30 minutes from here (to buy something to wear), in a place where I had lived for a few months in 1997. The only thing that made my time living there bearable was my friend P. who had IVF-ICSI twins (they're 11 now). When I drove there today, I remembered how funny P. was when people used to ask her if they were 'natural' - she pretended not to understand and said things like, "they have candy once in a while"... I thought about her again today when I came across an article about a study done on children born by ICSI. It says that they've studied kids who are 8-years-old and that they're doing well. 8? I think ICSI's been around for about 15 years, so why are the oldest kids who are being studied only 8?
As opposed to IVF where the sperm fertilizes the egg naturally (albeit in a lab), with ICSI, a single sperm is injected into the ova. It's pretty easy to understand why this might be a riskier process... From the data presented, it looks like children born as a result of ICSI are pretty much the same as children conceived naturally - they mention that the higher incidence of malformations found among ICSI children is probably a result of the genetics of the parents who end up going for ICSI & not the process itself.