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Fertility, IVF and Egg Donation
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has recently released its Preliminary 2017 IVF success rate reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not yet released data for 2017. SART and CDC release their reports annually and they are available online for the public to view.
These reports provide critical information about fertility clinics throughout the United States in terms of their IVF and Egg Donation success rates, including multiple pregnancy rates, treatment volumes within different age groups and within different treatment options such as using own eggs, using fresh donor eggs or using frozen donor eggs. IVF treatment requires a huge emotional and financial investment, so it is important for patients to be educated and informed about the differences between clinics’ success rates before choosing a fertility clinic.
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago (AFCC) is proud that our success rates for 2017 are well above national averages. Our success rates have been higher than average every year for 21 years in a row.
Federal law requires that all in vitro fertilization centers in the United States submit their data annually to the CDC. There is a small percentage of IVF clinics that refuse to report their data most likely because they do not want the public to see their success rate data. If you are considering a fertility clinic that does not report its data, it’s wise to look at other clinics that do report.
There is no legal requirement to report success rate data to SART. Membership in the organization is voluntary, however, members must report their data to SART pursuant to stringent guidelines and rules.
Both the SART site and the CDC site allow visitors to download spreadsheets with data from clinics for purposes of comparing results. However, the SART spreadsheet format is a bit more user friendly and intuitive for those not accustomed to dealing with spreadsheets.
Obviously, some people might only have one fertility clinic within traveling distance of their home so it may not be as important to compare success rates among clinics across the country. However, some patients will travel to another state to have the IVF or egg donation services performed based upon the success rates of a clinic. Every year many couples travel to AFCC from distant states and other countries to have fertility treatments at our clinic.
Superior quality control throughout the entire process results in success rates that are substantially above average. Clinics that have poor quality control will generally report lower than average success rates. Common quality control issues involve problems with ovarian stimulation regimens, IVF procedures (egg retrieval and embryo transfer) and the laboratory embryo culture systems.
Another way to evaluate all aspects of an IVF program’s quality is to view their success rate with egg donation, both fresh and frozen. Since all programs should have equal access to young healthy egg donors, programs having the best success rate reflect the quality of the program, including the ability to grow healthy embryos.
AFCC is proud to once again have one of the most successful egg donation programs in the country.
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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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