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More Utah Women Turning to Fertility Treatments
SALT LAKE CITY — Ardice Lorscheider always wanted to be a mom. But after several years of trying she still couldn't get pregnant.
So she turned to in vitro fertilization. Now, at the age of 37, she is the mother of 6-year old and 6-month old daughters.
Lorscheider is emblematic of a growing trend both in Utah and in the United States. Last year, approximately 700 women in the Beehive State underwent IVF, a 15 percent increase from 2007 and more than double the 304 reported from 1998.
The in vitro fertilization procedure has changed dramatically since 1978, the year the first "test tube" baby, named Louise Brown, was born in England. The birth, which came after 12 years of research, made headlines all over the world. More than 3 million children have been born worldwide as a result of what is called assisted reproductive technology — injecting sperm into the egg outside the human body — accounting for about 4 percent of all live births.