The fertility question: The longest shortest time

The fertility question: The longest shortest time View Gallery

The IVF process is emotionally intense, physically draining and astonishingly expensive. But advanced medical knowledge and pioneering lab techniques are making the ‘take-home baby rate’ for women and couples better than eve

Around 250 babies are born every minute around the world, and a growing proportion of these will have started life in a petri dish. Almost nine million babies worldwide have now been born thanks to in-vitro fertilisation, or IVF, and advances in medical knowledge as well as increasingly sophisticated laboratory techniques mean the assisted reproduction baby boom is set to continue.

The fertility industry has been the answer to millions of couples’ prayers but, not surprisingly,...

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