Docs: 'No One Will Need Sex to Make Babies in 10 Years'
Veterinary surgeons predict IVF will replace 'fairly inefficient' intercourse
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 6:07 AM CDT
"Natural human reproduction is at best a fairly inefficient process," said one of the study's authors.    (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Sex will become purely recreational even for couples seeking babies within a decade thanks to advances in IVF technology, predict veterinary Australian scientists. Calling the traditional form of baby-making a "fairly inefficient process" in a report published in the Reproductive BioMedicine journal, they claim in vitro fertilization methods will soon reach near-100% success rates among humans.

"Within the next five to 10 years, couples approaching 40 will assess the IVF industry first when they want to have a baby," one of the surgeons tells the Daily Mail, pointing to the high success rate of IVF in cattle and the relatively low success rate of sex in producing babies even among healthy young human couples. At this point, IVF is only 50% effective among the most healthy couples, and 15% to 20% effective for women ages 38 to 40.

 

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