19 JULY 2017

Artificial insemination, 2016

The 2016 data of artificial insemination is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database under the topic “Diagnostics and therapeutic procedures” (tables KV10–KV14).

In 2015, with clinical pregnancy ended 800 artificial inseminations, which is 28% of performed assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles.

In 2016, 369 children were born via artificial insemination in Estonia according to Estonian Medical Birth Registry. It accounts 2.6% of live births. This share has remained the same as in the previous year.

Estonian State Agency of Medicines data shows that 2732 ART cycle procedures took place in 2016. Compared with 2015, it has decreased by 3.6%. It decreased most – 10.1% – for age group 41 and older. This is also age group, who has to pay by themselves for their costs of infertility treatment. Women who have medical indication and is up to 40 years old, their costs is covered by Estonian Health Insurance Fund.

Most common used artificial insemination method was ICSI – 40% of all ART cycles were performed using ICSI method. Another popular method was FET – 33% of all ART cycles were performed using FET method.

Similarly to previous year, most commonly two embryos were transferred during one procedure. At the same time, the transplantation of several embryos during one procedure has decreased compared to 2015: transplantation of two embryos by 8.2% and three embryos by 16.9%. Single embryo transplantation has increased by 11.2%.

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, artificial insemination related cost formed 1.544 million Euros total, which was 0.7% less than in 2015.