If you are considering In Vitro Fertilization, there can be many factors to evaluate prior to making a treatment decision. One important point of data that may help you make a treatment decision is the success rates for the fertility clinic where you are considering IVF treatment.
According to the most recent National ART Outcomes Report published by the CDC, there were 176,247 IVF cycles performed in 2012. Average success rates based on live birth per transfer of fresh embryos is listed below:
|Age < 35||Age 35-37||Age 38-40||Age 41-42||Egg Donation|
|Number of cycles||41,798||20,920||19,556||10,740||10,954|
|Percentage of transfers resulting in live births||46.9||37.8||28.4||16.1||56.4|
|Average number of embryos transferred||1.9||2.1||2.4||2.8||1.8|
By federal law, all certified IVF laboratories are required to submit IVF success rate data on an annual basis to the Center for Disease Control. If you are considering treatment at a fertility clinic that does not publish their results to the CDC, you should definitely ask why they do not follow this regulatory obligation. The law exists because some clinics have inflated their success numbers to attract patients. The current system isn't perfect. There are still ways to manipulate IVF success rate data.
The law also requires that the data be made public. The CDC publishes IVF success rates for individual clinics with the disclaimer that "consumers should carefully examine all related financial, psychological, and medical issues before beginning treatment."
We completely agree and offer this comparison data with hopes that it will be used as part of a larger decision making process. You can start by viewing the most successful IVF clinics in America.
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Here are some of the latest articles from our IVF Success Rates Blog. If you have an idea for an article or a question that you would like answered in the blog, please contact us. Thanks!
Each year we get the same emails, claiming that we are reporting inaccurate data. We aren't. We get the data directly from SART. We wrote a quick article to help you check the facts before you send us that email.
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SART silently updated the new 2012 IVF Success Rate data to include six centers that were unintentionally left out of the original data set.
Read more about the modifications to the original report here.
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This site should only be an entry point into the larger data set contained in the official SART and CDC reports. Those reports, however, can be complex and hard to understand. In this article, we try to explain what the numbers mean and how to read the full report.
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