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?

Looking beyond Fertility Clinic Success Statistics

March 22nd, 2011 by

IVF Statistic Manipulation and How to Discover it

Fertility Clinic Success Rates can vary dramatically based on a doctor's approach.Critics of using IVF success statistics like Live Birth Rate Per Transfer as a method of evaluating the quality of a fertility clinic say that statistics can be manipulated. There is no doubt that this is being done. But is the answer really to prohibit comparison?  Isn't it more desirable to expose these manipulations and educate prospective patients on how they can be detected? Many medical professionals would say that most patients are not capable of making this kind of detailed analysis. Really, they say that.

IVF Success Rates Frequently Asked Questions

March 22nd, 2011 by

Doctor with baby

After three years of running this site, we have fielded dozens of questions about IVF Success Rates. Here are some of the most popular ones. Have a question that isn't here? You can ask it in the comments section and we will do our best to get it answered.

Why are the most recent published success rates on SART two years old and on CDC three years old?

How to Improve IVF Success Rates

March 22nd, 2011 by

A few things you and your physician can do to improve IVF success.

There are a few factors you can influence in increasing your chances with IVF. Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and reduce stress in your life among other things.

However, the most important factor to increase your IVF success is your decision in choosing a fertility clinic. Once you choose a fertility clinic, the outcome of your IVF treatment is mostly in the hands of the fertility doctor and his staff. They choose the IVF protocol, the medication with dosages and all the little details concerning timing, which you will follow exactly. That's why it is so important to look at IVF success rates! It can give you an indication of a fertility clinic's skill and expertise. So, be good to your body and wise in your decision of your IVF doctor!

SART vs CDC IVF Success Rates Report

March 22nd, 2011 by

Which IVF success rate data is more accurate?

IVF mother father and child

When looking at IVF success rates, you have two data sources available in the US.

1. SART: The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology reports the most recent IVF success rates of their member fertility clinics. Their annual report is entitled "IVF Success Rate Reports" and is available at http://www.sart.org. Fertility clinics who are current SART members are required to follow SART guidelines, which includes the reporting of IVF success rates. However, not every clinic is a member and not every member submits their data to SART. The SART data is therefore not as complete.

National Average Fertility Success Rates

March 22nd, 2011 by

Based on live birth rate as reported by the CDC

The Center for Disease Control does some extensive analysis each year to compile the data submitted by all practicing fertility clinics in the United States.

The latest report from 2008 shows that there were 475 reporting fertility clinics performing IVF treatment that year.

These 475 clinics reported a total of 148,055 IVF cycles. These cycles resulted in 61,426 infants being born!

Percentage of fresh, non-donor cycles resulting in live birth in 2008:

Younger than 35

Understanding SART and CDC IVF Success Rate Data

March 22nd, 2011 by

How to make sense of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report.

The statistics provided in a fertility clinic's IVF success rate report can tell you a lot about that practice. Here are a few helpful tips on what to look for and what it may mean to you.

Total IVF Cycles Performed Per Year

Total IVF Cycles Reported

First you may want to verify that a fertility clinic is doing a good number of IVF cycles a year. You want a clinic that is proficient and experienced in the art of IVF. 120 total IVF cycles or more in one year is a good number. That means that they average more than 2 cycles a week, which gives you an indication that they routinely perform IVF procedures.

Comments on the IVF Success Rates Website

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The New IVF Cost Calculator

December 27th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new IVF Cost Calculator web site. This personalized tool allows you to calculate the cost of treatment based on over 30 variables. The web site guides you through each choice, explaining each fee in common english. 

You can try the IVF Cost Calculator here:


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