If you are considering In Vitro Fertilization, there can be many factors to consider before making a treatment decision. One point that may help is the IVF success rate for fertility clinics in your area.
The data used to generate our reports comes from the CDC. All IVF clinics in the United States are required to report their outcomes to the CDC annually.
Centers listed on this website are ranked based on Live Birth Rate Per Transfer. This measures the instance of a live birth following embryo transfer. Multiple births (twins or more) are only counted as a single occurrence.
There are serious risks associated with multiple births, including twins. Significantly higher mortality rate, greater frequency of health issues, and increased financial obligation have all been linked to multiple births. Transferring fewer embryos can dramatically decrease these negative outcomes. Always consider the average number of embryos reported by a center to achieve the corresponding live birth rate. Lower is better.
Transferring a single embryo is the greatest way to prevent multiple births. The CDC reports the Single Embryo Transfer (SET) rate for every patient segment. The CDC also reports the Healthy Singleton rate, in which multiple births are not counted as a successful outcome. Future iterations of this website may incorporate one of these statistics in our reports as an additional quality indicator.
IVF success rates are tracked separately for fresh and thawed, previously frozen, embryo transfers. Starting in 2014, the number of fresh embryo transfers performed in the United States started to significantly decrease.
Many centers now favor a "freeze all" protocol where eggs are retrieved and banked with the intent of being used in future IVF cycles. IVF centers with a higher percentage of banking cycles may be better evaluated by their IVF success rates for thawed embryo transfers.
If you are considering treatment at a fertility clinic that does not submit their IVF success rates to the CDC, you should ask why. This is a regulatory obligation for any medical practice that performs IVF in the United States. The law exists because some clinics have historically inflated their success numbers to attract patients. The current system isn't perfect. There are still ways to manipulate IVF success rate data.
According to the most recent National ART Outcomes Report, there were 231,936 IVF cycles performed in 2015.
|Age < 35||Age 35-37||Age 38-40||Age 41-42||Egg Donation|
|Number of Cycles||39,573||19,376||17,617||9,114||8,507|
|Transfers / Live Birth||47.5%||39.6%||28%||15.7%||56.8%|
|Average Embryos Transferred||1.7||1.9||2.2||2.6||1.7|
|Age < 35||Age 35-37||Age 38-40||Age 41-42||Egg Donation|
|Number of Cycles||26,182||13,539||10,078||3,792||11,974|
|Transfers / Live Birth||46.6%||44%||38.3%||32.1%||41.5%|
|Average Embryos Transferred||1.6||1.5||1.6||1.7||1.6|
The CDC publishes IVF success rates for individual clinics with the disclaimer that "ART success rates vary in the context of patient and treatment characteristics, such as age, infertility diagnosis, number of embryos transferred, type of ART procedure, use of techniques such as ICSI, and history of previous births, miscarriages, and ART cycles. People considering ART should consult a physician to discuss their treatment options."
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!
Since we started this site six years ago, we have used data provided by SART as the basis for our comparative reports. For 2016, we are switching to data provided by the CDC.
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