January 10, 2014

Connecticut Ranks High in Usage of Assisted Reproductive Technology

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks Connecticut among the states with the highest usage rate of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). As used in the report, ART includes “fertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are handled in the laboratory,” such as in vitro fertilization.

According to the report, Connecticut was among four states with a rate of ART procedures that was at least double the national average in 2010, looking at the number of procedures per 1 million women of reproductive age.  The other three states were Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.  These four states were also the highest in the number of ART births as a percentage of total births.  In Connecticut, 3.7% of infants born in 2010 were born with the use of ART.  The national figure was 1.5%.

Nationally, over 147,000 ART procedures at fertility clinics were reported to CDC for 2010, resulting in 47,090 live-birth deliveries and 61,564 infants.