Author(s): Martin JR, Bromer JG, Sakkas D, Patrizio P
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the impact of mandated IVF insurance coverage on ET practices and resulting multiple pregnancy rates. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of all fresh, nondonor IVF cycles performed in the United States in 2006. SETTING: United States. PATIENT(S): A total of 91,753 fresh, nondonor IVF cycles in the United States. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Pregnancy rate, live-birth rate, embryos transferred, multiple pregnancy rate. RESULT(S): Overall, nonmandated states had a significantly higher pregnancy rate (38.8\% vs. 35\%) and live-birth rate (32.2\% vs. 29.1\%) than mandated states. Nonmandated states also had a significantly higher twin rate (28.1\% vs. 26\%) and triplet rate (3.9\% vs. 3.4\%). The average number of embryos transferred was also significantly higher in nonmandated states (2.6 vs. 2.2). These findings were more pronounced in the <35 and 35-37 age groups. CONCLUSION(S): In the last 8 years, despite a reduction in the average number of embryos transferred and multiple pregnancy rates, there is a continued association between mandated IVF coverage, the transfer of fewer embryos, and lower rates of multiple pregnancies and births, particularly in the younger age groups. Copyright © 2011 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Fertil Steril
and referenced in Journal of Neonatal Biology