Having sex to make babies could soon be redundant with couples turning to IVF to conceive instead, scientists claim.
In a report published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online, they said advances in technology mean that IVF will actually be more reliable than sex.
John Yovich, who co-authored the report, said that within the next decade, the success rate for IVF will rise to almost 100 per cent.
These advances could be particularly beneficial for couples who delay having children until their late 30s or 40s.
Indeed, the average couple in their late 30s has only a one in ten chance of conceiving each month through regular intercourse.
“Natural human reproduction is at best a fairly inefficient process,” Dr Yovich remarked.
The publication of the report comes after researchers at the University of St Andrews and Edinburgh University found that by the time a woman reaches the age of 30, she has lost 90 per cent of the eggs in her ovaries.