Technique boosts success rate of in vitro fertilization

May 11, 2011 2:37:45 PM PDT
The key to increasing a couple's likelihood of success through in vitro fertilization can be harvesting a certain amount of eggs during one cycle and not going over that amount.

That's according to a new study that determined retrieving about 15 eggs from a woman's ovaries in a single in vitro fertilization cycle offers the best chance of achieving a live birth. At the same time, this would avoid complications from fertility medications.

The study in the journal Human Reproduction found a strong association between live birth rates and the number of eggs retrieved in one cycle. They say it would also avoid ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. That's associated with a high number of eggs, usually over 20.