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In the United States it is very easy to investigate IVF success rates for all in vitro fertilization clinics
There are two websites that report IVF success rates annually to the public:
- CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- CDC is a US government agency
- SART website (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology)
- SART is an organization dedicated to the practice of IVF in the US
- Links to these sites that report IVF success rates
The CDC IVF Success Rate Report for 2008 report has not yet been released. In vitro fertilization statistics are currently available from the CDC for 1999 through 2007.
In late February 2010 the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) released the IVF Success Rate Report for 2008 cycles.
The SART report is released every year on the web and is available to the public. Almost all reputable in vitro fertilization centers are members of SART. Members are required to submit their in vitro fertilization data annually. Each clinic has its own listing page that shows its success rates on the SART website.
To view any clinic’s success rates through SART:
- Go to the SART website
- Click on IVF Success Rate Reports
- On the map, click the state that you are interested in.
- A list of all reputable SART member clinics in that state comes up.
- Click on any individual clinic – a page called “Clinic Contact Information” appears. At the bottom click the link next to “ART Data Report”. You will go to a page showing that center’s in vitro fertilization success rates for 2008.
- To see the center’s IVF statistics from a previous year, use the pulldown menu at the upper left where it says “Select Year”.
Although clinics with low success rates don’t mention it, there are large differences in success rates between clinics
There are number of reasons for this, but the biggest difference between different clinics is the degree of quality control within the system.
Patients often ask me why our success rates are so high. The answer is simple.
- We invest in the best technology and work hard to maintain ideal quality control
- It is much easier to do “average IVF” than it is to do “high quality IVF”
- High quality ovarian stimulation for IVF can result in better egg quality
- High quality embryo culture in the lab can result in better embryo quality
- High quality embryo transfer procedure to put them back in the uterus results in a higher chance for embryo implantation
Some clinics in the Chicago area tell patients that our success rates are high because of our “patient selection”. They say that “Dr. Sherbahn gets the easy cases” and that their center gets more of the difficult cases. This is absurd.
- After couples check success rates on the CDC or SART websites, they do not gravitate to clinics with low success rates.
- They do the exact opposite. They go to clinics with higher success rates – and avoid further treatment at clinics with low success rates.
- The effect is that clinics with higher success rates get a mix of more difficult cases compared to clinics with low rates.
- The more times a couple has failed in vitro fertilization, the more likely they are to check success rates online to research their options.
So do your research before you do your IVF
Look up the live birth success rates on the SART or CDC sites and make an informed choice – before your first cycle. I suggest that you trust your in vitro fertilization cycle to a clinic with success rates at or above the national average.
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.
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Richard Sherbahn, MD is a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist.
Dr. Sherbahn founded the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago in 1997.
He will post regularly about fertility issues.
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