Created: 05/17/2013 11:48 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
A new medical breakthrough could help couples struggling with fertility.
A study in England used simple photography to choose the healthiest embryos created from in vitro fertilization. The success rate for women under 35 went from 42 percent to 61 percent.
ABC’s Chief Health Editor Dr. Richard Besser says this doesn’t necessarily mean more couples should try it.
“It's an incredible emotional toil when you go through a round of in vitro fertilization that doesn't result in a healthy baby,” he said. “Here, you're still selecting the couples that are right for this, but you're raising the rates this much higher in terms of cost and just that family, it's a dramatic improvement.”
Dr. Besser says the study would need to be replicated to see if the improvement is widespread.