Over 5 Million Babies Born Thanks to Assisted Reproduction

Around 180,000 IVF babies are born each year in the UK but that’s nothing on the total born using assisted reproduction techniques (ART).

It was recently announced that the total the amount of babies born in the world using ART methods since 1978 – the year the first IVF baby was born – is 5 million.

Richard Kennedy, from the International Federation of Fertility Societies said: ‘The number of babies born through ART is now about the same as the population of a U.S. state such as Colorado, or a country such as Lebanon or Ireland. This is a great medical success story. 

IVF was pioneered by Sir Robert Edwards, who died earlier this year, and by Dr Patrick Steptoe. Their technique led to the birth of Louise Brown on July 25, 1978, at Oldham General Hospital.

The treatment involved an egg being removed from one of her mother’s ovaries with a probe before being mixed with her father’s sperm in a petri dish – not a test tube. The resulting embryo was implanted in Mrs Brown’s womb two days later.

Mrs Brown was not the first woman to become pregnant after IVF treatment, but none of the previous pregnancies had lasted for more than a few weeks.

Most remarkably, half of those 5 million IVF babies have been born in just the last six years, showing the growth and spread of the treatment created to help women who have trouble conceiving.

Scientists have been looking at new techniques to ensure healthier children. One controversial method, known as “three-parent IVF,” allows doctors to implant the mitochondria of the mother into an empty donor egg and then fertilise it with sperm from the father.

A UK child was recently the first to be born using an IVF technique called next generation sequencing, which allowed doctors to screen potential embryos for diseases and other problems.

Many of the 180,000 IVF babies born in the UK are actually conceived abroad due to the high cost of private healthcare in Britain. Body Bureau helps clients by sending them to their clinics in Lithuania, Poland and Czech Republic, recently voted top medical tourism destinations.

We also have a London clinic for consultations and preparation meaning patients only need to travel for the actual procedure, and are away for just 5-6 days. More information and prices here.

Energy drinks – The effect on your health


Cardiologist Ruta Rogalskienė from the Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Centre talks about the effects of energy drinks on our health:

Recently we have had young patients, some aged only 20-30 years, come to us having developed increased blood pressure. When interviewing such patients we often find they feel like they lack energy, and as a result are constantly consuming energy drinks. In these cases the patient is just fooling their body by ignoring the need for rest.

Substances that are present in these drinks include taurine and caffeine, in amounts several times higher than the acceptable, healthy daily intake. Consuming a large amount of these substances increases the force of heart muscle contraction, causing the rhythm of the heart to race, when it is already higher than normal due to the body being tired. For these reasons, blood pressure rises. Particularly at risk are people who use energy drinks in sport or in combination with alcohol, when the risk of heart rhythm disorders and sudden death increases significantly.

If you have increased blood pressure (arterial hypertension), be aware that it is very important to regulate your blood pressure., otherwise complications of the disease can develop, making it harder to treat. Elevated blood pressure can be treated with medication.

Treatment of hypertension is cheaper and easier before it causes diseases.

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