Nearly 7,000 couples with infertility problems underwent in vitro fertilization treatment in 1995, double the number of couples from the previous year, according to a study conducted by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Kazuo Sato, a professor at the Medical School of Nihon University said the increase in couples seeking treatment does not necessarily indicate infertility is on the rise. What it does signify, he said, is that more couples that had once given up on having children are now willing to try in vitro fertilization, a method of insemination in which sperm is manipulated and artificially introduced to the ovum.

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