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In Vitro Fertilization

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The first in vitro fertilized baby was born in 1981. Over the past three years, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is being used in record numbers, nationwide.

Billings Clinic has the only IVF program in the state and it serves Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

Dr. Christopher Montville says the increase in IVF is due to advanced technologies and much higher success rates.

The procedure achieves pregnancy forty-five to fifty-percent of the time, while standard conventional therapies have a six to eight-percent success rate.

"We often tell patients that IVF is not only a way to try to get pregnant, but it's also a test. It's the first time we can really see the sperm and the egg interact together, and really then come up with a reason, potentially, of why couples haven't been able to get pregnant with more conventional therapy," said Dr. Christopher Montville, Reproductive Endocrinologist.

The first in vitro cycle at Billings Clinic was in 2011. That year the clinic saw 68 successful cycles. That number increased to 85 in 2012. As of early 2013, Billings Clinic delivered 122 babies as a result of in vitro fertilization.

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