Why doesn’t SART Want You To Compare Success Rates Among Clinics?

March 29th, 2011 by

Censored IVF Success RatesDo you know that the largest group of fertility clinics in the United States doesn't want you to compare their IVF success rates? This organization, SART, actually restricts member clinics from comparing their own success rates to other clinics or even to the National Average.

There should be a variety of factors that go into making an educated decision concerning fertility treatment. Why would this powerful group want to keep such an important piece of data out of that equation? 

Who is SART?

SART Is Trying to Shut Us Down For Comparing IVF Success Rates

June 17th, 2014 by

Note: This post is intended for physicians and other professionals working in the fertility industry.

Every year, SART makes a big push to contact fertility clinics listed on this website in an effort to scare them away from advertising or even linking here. They cite their advertising policy which prohibits “advertising/marketing that ranks or compares clinics or practices.”

They want to put us out of business.

I’ve already written about why I think IVF success rate data should be free from this restriction, so I won’t reiterate that here.

Instead, I’d like to focus on the futility and oppressiveness of SART’s continued attacks on this website.

How (not) To Report Inaccurate IVF Success Rate Data

March 3rd, 2014 by

In any given year, approximately 50% of the IVF clinics that report to SART don’t like this site.

Frankly, we really aren’t concerned about that. This site was conceived and continues to operate for the benefit of patients who are confused about the data contained in the public reports published by SART and the CDC. Live Birth Rate Per Transfer certainly should NOT be the sole factor in choosing where to pursue fertility treatment, but it does give patients somewhere to start in a deeper examination of all of the available data.

Rank Update February 25th, 2014

February 25th, 2014 by

The Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology has updated their annual IVF Success Rate report to include six centers that were unintentionally excluded from the initial report released 02/17/2014.

None of these new entries affects our comparative report of the Top 25 IVF Clinics in America.

Rankings at the state level, however, have been adjusted accordingly.

The newly added centers include:

Neway Medical
Braverman Reproductive Immunology, PC
Gundersen Fertility Center
The Fertility Institute of New Jersey
Center for Natural IVF
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

2012 IVF Success Rate Data Released

February 17th, 2014 by

The latest IVF Success Rates report is now available!

http://fertilitysuccessrates.com/report/United-States/women-under-35/data.html

The data in our comparative report comes directly from the Society For Assisted Reproductive Technology.

The new report shows a total of 165,172 cycles were reported by member clinics in 2012. The national average live birth per embryo transferred for women under the age of 35 was 47.1. Compare this to the top 25 clinics in the same age group where live birth rate is 82.4% – 62.5% and you start to see the difference between truly excellent and just average.

Rank Updates Feb. 5, 2013

February 5th, 2013 by

SART has updated their IVF Success Rate data to include new clinics. Accordingly, we have update our Top IVF Clinic Report to include this new data.

The following clinic were added:

Austin Fertility Institute, PA
Utah Fertility Center
Fertility Solutions, P.C. / Massachutsetts Fertility Center, L.L.C.
Gago IVF
Reproductive Gynecology, Inc.

Both Austin Fertility Institute and Utah Fertility Center now appear in the Top IVF Clinics in the United States for Women Under 35. As a result, two clinics that were previously listed in that report are now not. No other age groups were affected for the United States report.

2011 SART Data Has Been Released

February 4th, 2013 by

SART has released the 2011 IVF Success Rates data and we have updated our list of Top IVF Clinics.

However, we noticed that the reports for several clinics were not yet updated for 2011. 

https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCSR_PublicMultYear.aspx?ClinicPKID=2268

https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCSR_PublicMultYear.aspx?ClinicPKID=2454

https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCSR_PublicMultYear.aspx?ClinicPKID=2143

https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCSR_PublicMultYear.aspx?ClinicPKID=2455

https://www.sartcorsonline.com/rptCSR_PublicMultYear.aspx?ClinicPKID=2210

We have excluded these clinics from our report of Top IVF Clinics in America until their data has been updated with SART.

Updates to 2010 IVF Success Data

August 9th, 2012 by

Yesterday it was brought to our attention that SART updated their 2010 IVF Success Rates Report. It is not uncommon for them to do this periodically as corrections are made to the initial reporting. SART does not have a system in place to notify the public when such changes are made, so we are unsure when this new data was introduced.

In order to maintain the integrity of our index, we moved swiftly to identify the changes and incorporate them into our site.

Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde – A Perspective Into The Fertility Machine

March 12th, 2012 by

Great blog post by a former NYC resident who writes of her experience with two different fertility clinics in New York City

The post describes how they originally chose one clinic, primarily based on success rate data only to have a frustrating, disappointing and costly experience with an uncaring, poorly run clinic. 

After some time off, they started researching alternative clinics and found their Dr. Jekyll (he's the good one :~).

A Better System For Tracking IVF Success

June 30th, 2011 by

Dr. Geoffrey Sher just published an insightful blog post outlining some of the deficiencies in the current SART/CDC IVF success rate model. Specifically he mentions:

  • Currently all data collected is self reported by the member clinics and is not audited by a third party.
  • Spot checks are performed on only approximately 10% of member clinics
  • These spot checks verify the number of live births but do not verify the total number of cycles performed by the clinic. This means that the success rate reported by the clinic still remains unverified. 

Great Patient-Focused Explanation Of SART Report Data

May 9th, 2011 by

I just finished an excellent patient blog post entitled, How To Get SART Smart.

It is written by a, "28 year old married couple facing early Ovarian Failure and discussing our options of IVF or the possibility of Donor Eggs."

If medical professionals have any doubts about the patient's ability to understand success rate data and use this information as part of a larger treatment decision process, you should definitely give this a read. It is informative and covers many of the data manipulation techniques used by some clinics to boost their success rates.