Fertility Success Rates

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

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.

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How (not) To Report Inaccurate IVF Success Rate Data

In any given year, approximately 50% of the IVF clinics that report to SART don’t like this site. We take a lot of heat from some of these clinics. We didn’t create this site for them.

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.

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Rank Update February 25th, 2014

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.

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2012 IVF Success Rate Data Released

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.

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Rank Updates Feb. 5, 2013

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

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

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.

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

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 :~).

As we often say on this site, there is more to consider than the success rates of a clinic. How do they treat you? How is their office run? What does that little voice in the back of your head tell you is the right decision? All prospective patients should read this post and be on the look out for these warning signs. 

Read the blog post here.

A Better System For Tracking IVF Success

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. 
  • The current method of measuring success categorizes success rates by woman's age and does not consider other important variables such as prior IVF failures and cause of infertility.

I think Dr. Sher is spot on with these criticisms. While it is important to give prospective patients an easy starting point in evaluating the success rates of the clinic they are considering for treatment, a system that would enable a more accurate and personalized exploration of that data would only serve the patient better.

What do you think? Does the current system of data collection work well enough? How would you make it better?

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