In vitro fertilization, commonly referred to as IVF, can be used to treat a number of causes of infertility. One of the commonly asked questions when beginning fertility care is about the chance of success with IVF procedures. While IVF procedures are successful ways to treat infertility, IVF does not have 100% success rates. Knowing how success is measured may help you understand what to expect during your fertility journey.
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, or SART, tracks and publishes the success rates of fertility centers. Data compiled by SART is also used to evaluate treatment methods to establish best practices.
Some commonly reported fertility care success indicators are:
- Clinical Pregnancy Rate – Tracks the number of women who have a positive pregnancy test after an IVF procedure.
- Live Birth Rate – This compares the number of live children born versus the number of procedures that are performed.
While success rates are available through SART, the information presented may not be the most current as SART statistics are released once a year.
Evaluating Success Rates for IVF procedures:
IVF success rates are broken down by age group. When looking at success rates to evaluate a fertility care center, be aware of the following:
- Patient acceptance rates – Some fertility centers artificially increase their success rates. These centers may turn away patients over a certain age or that have specific health issues. By excluding the most difficult patients, those facilities are able to have higher success rates. Don’t rely on success rates alone when making your choice for your fertility care.
- Philosophy – Find out about the center’s history with multiple pregnancies. At New Hope, we promote single embryo transfers during IVF treatment. Recent research has shown that transferring multiple embryos does not increase the likelihood of pregnancy, but they do significantly increase the likelihood of multiple pregnancy.
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