In Switzerland today, 10 to 15% of couples have difficulties in conceiving a child. More than 1% of babies are the result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Thanks to this treatment, we reproduce in the laboratory what happens naturally in the Fallopian tubes: fertilisation and the first steps of embryo development.
The first "test-tube baby" in Lausanne was a little boy born at the CHUV in July 1986. In June 1995, a little girl was born as the first baby conceived following a direct injection of spermatozoids into the egg cell (ICSI).
Today, several thousand babies have been born at the CHUV thanks to IVF and ICSI.