Baby Boom

07.08.133:41 PM ET

Cheaper IVF Debuts

Twelve kids have been born via new technique.

Could there really be a cheaper version of the ever-costly IVF? Belgian researchers say they have a found a more inexpensive way for women to get the fertility treatment—and they claim the success rate is 30 percent. Normal IVF has a success rate of 33 percent. The new technique replaces the expensive equipment with “kitchen cupboard” ingredients, cutting the cost to 10 to 15 percent. But at the same time, researchers said the technique probably won’t replace traditional IVF, since it is not for everyone, especially for men who have severe infertility problems. The initial draw to the cheaper technique is that it opens up the possibility to IVF treatments in the developing world and even to poorer residents in the U.S.