Fertility Success Rates

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?

Looking beyond Fertility Clinic Success Statistics

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.

I have seen plenty of examples where savvy patients are digging deeper into the data to make highly informed treatment decisions. The purpose of this post is to encourage that deeper investigation by shedding light on how some clinics may act to protect their success rate data. Let's educate instead of obfuscate.

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