Want to Make a Baby? Check Out the Latest App

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A new IVF app may help predict the potential for pregnancy. Credit: Getty

Before heading down the sometimes emotionally traumatic, often dignity-gobbling and not to mention way expensive road to conception through in vitro fertilization, potential parents might want to check out the latest app.

IVPpredict promises to predict the potential for IVF treatments. Parents are led through a series of nine questions including "For how many years have you been trying to get pregnant?" and "Are you planning on using your own eggs or donor eggs?" The answers help calculate the odds of having a baby.

British researchers devised the formula, which they claim gives a highly accurate prediction of success for fertility treatment, Time magazine's health site reports.

Scientists from the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol analyzed the details of more than 144,000 IVF cycles to produce a statistical model that can give a prediction of live birth, which is up to 99 percent accurate, according to a University of Glasgow press release.

"Essentially, these findings indicate that treatment-specific factors can be used to provide infertile couples with a very accurate assessment of their chance of a successful outcome following IVF," Professor Scott Nelson, Muirhead Chair of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow, says in the release. "It provides critical information on the likely outcome for couples deciding whether to undergo IVF -- up until now, estimates of success have not been reliable. The result of this study is a tool which can be used to make incredibly accurate predictions."

Currently, IVF is successful in about a third of women younger than 35, but in only five to 10 percent of women older than 40, Nelson says.

"However, there are many other factors in addition to age which can alter your chance of success and clinics don't usually take these into account when counseling couples or women," he says in the release.

The findings, published recently in PLOS Medicine, suggest the chances of a baby arriving are decreased by a woman's more advanced age, the length of the infertility and the use of the woman's own eggs, but increased by a previous successful IVF-generated birth and use of Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, Time reports.

The app, which is already online, becomes available for iPhones soon, Time says.


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