2010 IVF success rate report released by Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
Couples with fertility problems that might consider having in vitro fertilization treatment have a valuable resource in the SART success rate report. This study comes out annually. The report for IVF treatments performed in 2010 was just released.
Clinics collect their outcome data live births and report the outcomes of all IVF cycles to SART by November of the following year. SART then compiles the data and publishes it by about 3 months later. This allows the public to study IVF success rates or egg donation success rates for any specific clinic.
Not every IVF program in the US reports to SART but the large majority do. All clinics are required by law to turn in their outcome statistics to the CDC (US government). The CDC IVF report is then published annually with information on all clinics that follow federal law and give their data to CDC (some refuse to report it).
The CDC report on IVF clinic statistics is an excellent resource - but it comes out about 9 months later for any given year than the corresponding SART report.
Patients needing fertility treatments should investigate IVF success rates at clinics they are considering for treatment. Success rates vary dramatically between programs – do not assume that all centers are equally capable at getting you pregnant.
Although there can be many variables involved in success rates, the overall quality of the IVF program and the IVF laboratory are 2 of the most important factors impacting the chance of success.
The SART report shows clinic specific data on live birth outcomes that are categorized in several ways.
By female age
- Female age has a significant impact on fertility
- SART breaks down in vitro fertilization success rates based on female age group for cases with women using their own eggs
- Our live birth success rate for 2010 for women under age 35 was 60.3% per egg retrieval (fresh embryos)
By own vs. donor eggs
- Egg donation success rates are higher than for cases using own eggs
- Our live birth success rate for 2010 using donor eggs was 81.6% per embryo transfer (fresh embryos)
By fresh vs. frozen embryos
- Statistics for embryo transfers using frozen embryos are shown separately from cycles with fresh embryos
- Success rates with frozen embryos have improved significantly in recent years
- Using frozen embryos, our live birth success rate for 2010 for women under age 35 was 52.0% per embryo transfer
- Using frozen embryos, our live birth success rate for 2010 using donor eggs was 70.0% per embryo transfer
PDF version of Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago’s 2010 SART report
To see the 2010 SART report and check IVF live birth success rates:
- Go to the SART website
- Click on the state that you want on the US map
- A list of all SART member clinics in that state will come up
- Click on the clinic you want to see success rate results for
- Click “ART Data Report” (at bottom) – that clinic’s IVF results for 2010 will come up
- If you want to see another year, select it from the pull-down menu
If a clinic that you are considering has low success rates compared to national averages or other clinics in your area – go to a clinic with higher success rates. It probably will give you a better chance to have a baby.
Our website has links to the CDC and the SART reports and discusses them in more detail with examples showing how to interpret clinic-specific and national average tables.
A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches and entrance criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic.
Richard Sherbahn, MD is a fertility doctor practicing in the Chicago, Illinois area.
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