More couples here turning to science for help to conceive

Madam Jaslyn Aw, 42, and her husband Martin Peh, 46, with three-month-old Finn Sage last week. Madam Aw was 39 when the couple decided to turn to science to help her conceive. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Madam Jaslyn Aw, 42, and her husband Martin Peh, 46, with three-month-old Finn Sage last week. Madam Aw was 39 when the couple decided to turn to science to help her conceive. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

7,700 assisted reproduction procedures in 2017; success rate about 18% over past 3 years

Fresh data from the Ministry of Health (MOH) showed an increasing number of couples turning to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other assisted reproduction (AR) procedures to try for a baby, with only about one in five attempts proving successful.

There were about 7,700 AR procedures carried out here in 2017, up from about 7,100 in 2015 and about 5,500 in 2013.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2019, with the headline 'More couples here turning to science for help to conceive'. Print Edition | Subscribe