Each year thousands of women undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments for a chance to become pregnant. Unfortunately there's currently only...
Each year thousands of women undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments for a chance to become pregnant. Unfortunately there's currently only a 1 in 4 or 6 chance that IVF will work. Because one round of treatments can cost about $12,000, failed IVF is not only emotionally taxing but financially taxing as well. Now, a new blood test may be able to help women predict if IVF is a good option. Scientists in Ireland have discovered genetic markers in the blood that provide a fertility "fingerprint" that may suggest which women IVF will work for and which women it may not work for. Being that there are more than 113,000 IVF treatment cycles performed each year in the U.S. alone, this is a major breakthrough. The findings, released at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) note that women whose IVF treatment had succeeded have different genetic marker activity patterns were different from those in women for which the treatment had failed. The test for viable (or pregnancy friendly) genetic markers relies on microchip technology that is expensive, but since the cost of the test is still likely to be lower than undergoing super expensive IVF treatments, it's a bargain for those women who have a less likely chance of getting pregnant via IVF.

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