The Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 mandates that fertility clinics performing assisted reproductive technology annually provide data for all procedures performed to the CDC. The CDC uses these data to report and publish clinic-specific success rates.
The success rates provide a lot of information, including the percentage of cycles resulting in pregnancies. It’s important to remember, however, that the ultimate goal of treatment is the birth of a healthy baby. Thus, the most important success rate measurement is the number of live births per IVF cycle performed. These statistics provide a more accurate representation of a clinic’s level of success.
When comparing fertility clinics, it is important to take into consideration what kinds of patients are being treated; for example, is it a fertility clinic that treats poor prognosis patients who may have multiple IVF attempts allowed them through their HMO? Some specialists may be too aggressive and transfer too many embryos in order to achieve high success rates, resulting in excessive rates of triplets or quadruplets.
Some specialists may be too aggressive and transfer too many embryos in order to achieve high success rates – resulting in excessive rates of triplets or quadruplets.
LGBT patients often have much higher success because they do not have fertility issues. Ask your physician to calculate your probability for success based on your individual situation.
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