8 key facts on IVF in Australia

Frozen embryo transfers outnumbered fresh for first time

One in 25 Australian babies are now born via IVF, and overall almost a quarter of embryo transfers results in live birth, latest figures show. 

Almost 13,600 babies were born in Australia as a result of IVF cycles undertaken in 2016.

For the first time, thawed embryo transfers outnumbered fresh transfers, according to data from UNSW’s National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.

The live birth rate per embryo transfer has increased from 22.5% in 2012 to 26.2% in 2016, according to the unit's report, which was funded by the Fertility Society of Australia.

A major factor behind the improved outcomes has been an increase in the success rate of frozen embryo transfers, which went from 20% in 2012 to 27% in 2016.

Here are eight other key findings: 

  1. Almost 60% of babies born through IVF treatment