Couples trying to start or grow a family can now find out their chances of conceiving through IVF, thanks to a new online calculator.
The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, is expected to help shape the expectations, as well as plan the treatments of those wanting to welcome a new life into the family.
The calculator, which draws on statistics from more than 110,000 women in the UK between 1999 and 2008, allows couples to view their chances before, after one round of IVF, and after multiple rounds, taking into account an array of varying factors.
Age, ovulation issues, prior pregnancies, years trying to conceive and male fertility concerns are some of the factors that help define one’s results.
For example, the tool hypothesises that a 30-year-old woman with two years of unexplained fertility issues has a 46 per cent chance of having a live birth from the first complete cycle of IVF, and a 79 per cent chance over three cycles.
While the calculator is designed to be used as a guide, it does not take into account a range of other heath factors, including lifestyle, weight, smoking habits and hormonal levels.
Those wishing to conceive through IVF should first seek proper consultation.