Assisted reproductive technology

The data concern in vitro fertilisation methods (IVF), in which fertilisation occurs outside of the human body. In Switzerland, one in forty children is born as a result of medically assisted reproductive technology with in vitro methods. 

Assisted reproductive technology by in vitro fertilisation 1
  2017 2018 2019 2020
Treatments and pregnancies

 

 

   
Women in treatment (total) 5 854 6 012 5 993 6 237
Women who started treatment in given year 2 930 2 987 2 872 3 092
Initiated treatment cycles 10 943 11 241 11 163 11 982
Women treated, whose treatment resulted in a pregnancy, in % 44.0 46.2 47.2 46.9
Pregnancy outcome        
Women treated, whose treatment resulted in a birth, in % 32.3 33.3 34.7 34.0
Multiple births,² as % of births following IVF¹ 15.9 7.8 6.1 4.3
Live births³ (number of children) 2 188 2 154 2 204 2 207
Multiple-birth children², as % of all children born following IVF¹ 27.7 14.6 11.7 8.4
Number of stillbirths following IVF¹ ⁴ 7 7 8 9
Stillbirths following IVF (rate per 1000 births following IVF ¹ ⁴) 3.2 3.2 3.6 4.1
1 In vitro methods of medically assisted reproduction
2 Twins and triplets
3 Live births following medically assisted reproduction in reference year (in vitro methods)
4 Stillbirths following medically assisted reproduction in reference year (in vitro methods)

Data as on 22 March 2022
Source: StatLPMA

The percentage of multiple births following in vitro treatments was 16% in 2016. In 2020 the percentage of multiple births had fallen to 4.3% of births following in vitro treatments. As multiple births are often associated with complications during pregnancy and birth, this is an important development for neonatal health.

A publication describing trends of assisted reprodutive technology treatments in Switzerland can be found under “Further information” in the “Publications” folder. Further tables can be found on the website in German or French.

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