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SART has recently released its 2011 IVF success rate report. This report details the in vitro fertilization pregnancy and live birth success rates for all US IVF clinics that are members of the SART organization (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology).
Almost all IVF clinics in the US are members of SART. However, some clinics are not SART members so their IVF success rates are not in the SART report.
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IVF clinics were required to submit their data to SART in November 2012 after they collected the live birth information from all IVF cycles performed in 2011. SART then takes a few months to prepare the data for public distribution.
The same data is reported by IVF clinics to the CDC. The CDC is a US government agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Membership and reporting IVF results to SART is voluntary. However, reporting to the US government through the CDC is required under federal law for all IVF centers.
The SART report is a useful tool for couples with infertility that might need to consider in vitro fertilization to get pregnant. Using this report, couples can investigate live birth success rates per IVF treatment cycle in their age group.
Patients needing fertility treatments should investigate IVF success rates at clinics they are considering for treatment.
- Success rates vary between programs. All IVF clinics to not produce viable pregnancies at the same rate.
- There are over 200 variables involved with quality controlduring an IVF cycle
- Two critical variables are the quality of the clinical side of the IVF program and the quality control system in the IVF laboratory
The SART report allows couples to learn about various details about a specific clinic’s success rates and they can compare those numbers to national averages.
- Outcome data are shown separately for cycles using the woman’s own eggs vs. egg donation cycles
- Pregnancy results are also given for transfers using fresh embryos vs. frozen-thawed embryo transfers
- Success rates can be filtered for different diagnostic categories such as male factor infertility, diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis, tubal factor, etc.
Below is a screenshot of a portion of our 2011 SART results page showing live birth rates in 3 age groups (under 35, 35-37 and 38-40) using a woman’s own eggs and fresh embryos.
- The SART report allows couples to compare success rates of clinics they are considering with national averages and with other clinics in their area.
- If a clinic you are considering has low success rates compared to the national average, I suggest going somewhere with better success statistics.
There is a video on our website showing how to research IVF success rates using the SART report.
To see the 2011 SART report and check IVF success rates:
- Go to the SART website
- Click on the state that you want on the US map
- Click on any clinic you want to see IVF results for
- Click “ART Data Report” and the clinic’s IVF statistics for 2011 will come up
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.
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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.
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