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Looking at IVF Success Rates
When you are searching for a fertility clinic, one of the factors you will probably take into consideration is a particular clinic's IVF success rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently has preliminary success rate data available for the year 2010. As you start your research, here's a few things you should know.:
- Both the Society for Advanced Reproductive Technology (SART) and the CDC provide success rates. SART reports the most recent IVF success rates for their member fertility clinics. Not every fertility clinic in the United States is a member of SART. For 2010, SART had 370 clinics reporting, while the CDC has a total of 443 reporting.
- Clinics are not ranked by the CDC according to their success rates. Why? There are many factors that contribute to the success rate of an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure. A difference in success rates between two programs could reflect differences in the groups of patients treated, the types of procedures used or other factors.
- When looking at individual fertility clinic reports, some of the important things to note are: 1) the number of cycles a clinic performs, 2) the percentage of cycles resulting in live births, and 3) the average number of embryos transferred.
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