17 November 2016
UK researchers have developed a new online tool to help couples to predict their chances of successfully conceiving using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.
Created by a team from the University of Aberdeen, the online calculator is able to estimate the individualised chances of couples having a baby, both before and after their first IVF treatment, and over multiple cycles.
It considers specific characteristics of couples and treatment information to predict the cumulative chance of successful conception over up to six IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles, by drawing on clinical data amassed from 113,873 women.
Doctors will be able to use these predictions to offer an estimate of a couple's chances before treatment begins, with revised predictions provided over multiple cycles.
It was noted that the calculator has some limitations, as certain important patient characteristics - including weight, smoking habits, alcohol intake and hormone levels - are not taken into account.
Nevertheless, project leader David McLernon from the University of Aberdeen said the tool will "help to shape couples' expectations, allowing them to plan their treatments more efficiently and to prepare emotionally and financially".
Posted by Edward Bartel
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