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Worldwide population of test-tube babies reaches 5 million

Catholic World News - July 03, 2012

The number of test-tube babies in the world has reached 5 million, according to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

About 350,000 babies are conceived through in-vitro fertilization each year, ESHRE says. Roughly 1.5 million women receive in-vitro fertilization treatment, and approximately one-third of them become pregnant.

The ESHRE figures are estimates. The group based its calculations on the number of fertility treatments reported in 2008, and the projected rate of success in achieving pregnancy. No more accurate data are available.

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