Same-Sex Couples and Singles Use of Fertility Treatment Hits UK Record

May 10, 2019

(Thomas Reuters Foundation) – More people in Britain are opting for fertility treatment with the fastest growth among same-sex couples, single women and surrogates, the fertility watchdog said on Thursday, as modern families become increasingly diverse. While heterosexual couples accounted for 91 percent of patients – having about 68,000 treatment cycles in 2017 – they saw the smallest increase on 2016 of 2 percent, data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) showed. On the other hand, treatments for female same-sex couples rose by 12 percent – to 4,463 cycles – and for single women by 4 percent – to 2,279 cycles – and for surrogates by 22 percent – to 302 cycles.

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