Fertility Success Rates

Why doesn’t SART Want You To Compare Success Rates Among Clinics?

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?

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IVF Success Rates Frequently Asked Questions

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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?

IVF success rates are based on live births and counted in the year the IVF cycle was started not the year of birth. For example, if a woman had a successful IVF cycle in December, SART gets the IVF success data from fertility clinics at the end of the following year, and counts that woman's baby as a successful IVF case for the previous year. Because of popular demand, SART started to publish this data on their website a few years ago. However, the SART data is not verified by any third party agency. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other Government offices take about 12 months to verify, analyze and compile the data and publish the verified fertility success rates in the first quarter of the new year in the ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) section of the CDC's website. The CDC is three years old at the time it is published.

Why do you compare the life birth rates than pregnancy or implantation rates?

As an example, in 2005 there were 97,442 IVF cycles using fresh embryos across all age groups. Of those cycles, 34% got pregnant, but only 28% carried the baby to term and gave birth. That's a big difference! This site was built for IVF patients. Most of them want to know the chance of taking home a baby.

IVF doctors like to present you success rates based on pregnancies or even implantation rate. Pregnancy rates are based on a positive pregnancy test result in the first trimester. Implantation rates don't even factor in a pregnancy test. Both Implantation Rate and Pregnancy rate are going to be higher than the Live Birth Rate, that's why doctor's quote them so much. You, as a patient, however, want a baby. So we rate the clinics compared to Life Birth Rate.

Why do SART and CDC make it difficult to compare IVF success rates?

Good question. We have a separate post about that controversial rule here.

Still have unanswered questions about IVF success rate data? Great! Post them in the questions and we will do our best to get you an answer.

How to Improve IVF Success Rates

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!

How Fertility Doctors And Patients Can Improve IVF Success Rates

Ultrasound Guided Embryo Transfer: When physicians see where the embryo is placed, the chances are higher for you to get pregnant. Not every fertility doctor is using this technology.

Lower Stress level of the patient at the time of transfer: If you can afford it, you might consider having alternative therapy treatment like acupuncture or massage with your IVF cycle. Many clinics these days allow acupuncturists into their offices or even have one on staff to accommodate their patients. Fertility doctors shouldn't mind concurrent alternative treatment because it can help increase IVF success rates.

IVF Success Rates with Donor Eggs: If you are using donor eggs, your age does not play a role in determining your chances of IVF success. No matter if you are 35 or 45, your IVF success rate is turned into the one that applies to a woman in the age of your egg donor.

Advice for Egg Donation

When looking for an egg donor, go to an IVF clinic instead of a donor agency. An in-house egg donor program at an IVF clinic has to follow the strict guidelines of the ASRM when choosing egg donor candidates.

IVF clinics have a high interest in getting you pregnant because it directly affects the success rate which they must report annually. This means that, most of the time, only the best qualified candidates are chosen to be part of an IVF clinic's egg donation program.

Egg donor agencies work more independently with less oversight and some might admit egg donor candidates that have been denied at fertility clinics.

There are outstanding independent egg donor agencies and there are clinics with substandard internal egg donation programs. Fortunately you can verify the IVF success rates for an IVF clinic by examining their full IVF Clinic Success report at http://www.sart.org or http://www.cdc.gov/ART/. At this time, there is no nationally audited success rates report for independent egg donor agencies.

The information provided on this web site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional.

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