Projecting the Contribution of Assisted Reproductive Technology to Completed Cohort Fertility

Ester Lazzari, Michaela Potancokova, Tomas Sobotka, Edith Gray, Georgina Mary Chambers

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Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is increasingly influencing the fertility trends of high-income countries characterized by a pattern of delayed childbearing. However, research on the impact of ART on completed fertility is limited and the extent to which delayed births are realized later in life through ART is not well understood. This study uses data from Australian fertility clinics and national birth registries to project the contribution of ART for cohorts of women that have not yet completed their reproductive life and estimate the role played by ART in the fertility ‘recuperation’ process. Assuming that the increasing trends in ART success rates and treatment rates continue, the projection shows that the contribution of ART-conceived births to completed fertility will increase from 2.1% among women born in 1968 to 5.7% among women born in 1986. ART is projected to substantially affect the extent to which childbearing delay will be compensated at older ages, suggesting that its availability may become an important factor in helping women to achieve their reproductive plans later in life.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalPopulation Research and Policy Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 504006 Demography


  • Assisted reproductive technology · Cohort fertility · Fertility postponement · Fertility recuperation · Fertility projections · Australia
  • cohort fertility
  • fertility postponement
  • fertility recuperation
  • fertility projections
  • Australia
  • Fertility recuperation
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Cohort fertility
  • Fertility postponement
  • Fertility projections

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