Shady Grove Fertility has recently released the IVF success rates for 2011. Try as we might, understanding the trends in the statistics and pulling out “important” data for patients is complicated. How does one define success? What criteria is there?
For reproductive endocrinologists there are two numbers that represent a successful cycle: “clinical pregnancy rate” and “ongoing/live birth rate.” The difference in the two numbers is due to the number of miscarriages – pregnancies that did not result in a viable birth.
In 2011, SGF’s labs in Rockville and Baltimore, MD initiated 4489 IVF cycles – this doesn’t even include donor egg and fertility preservation cycles. From those cycles, 3717 went on to an embryo transfer and 45% of those had a clinical pregnancy. As we know, miscarriages are fairly common. According to the American Pregnancy Association, 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will result in a miscarriage. The results at SGF fall in line with those averages, with about a 15% miscarriage rate, resulting in a 41% ongoing/live birth rate per embryo transfer for all age groups.
Many patients consider success rates a primary reason for selecting a fertility center – and rightfully so. When reviewing IVF success rates, be educated an learn how to compare apples to apples – are you looking at a clinical pregnancy rate or ongoing? Looking at all age groups or select demographic? At Shady Grove Fertility, we pride ourselves in giving patients all the statistics available so as a patient, you can look at the data and gauge your individual chances of success. Ultimately, you success rate will depend on many factors including your diagnosis, age and previous fertility history.
Taking Two Big Steps Forward
In 2011, SGF has made big strides on two clinical fronts – increasing frozen embryo transfer (FET) success rates and delivery more singleton pregnancy rates.
Frozen embryo transfers have received a lot of attention in the last couple of years because of the benefit it provides patients. With improved technology we have been able to offer patients a more affordable and convenient treatment option. Patients that have extra viable embryos after a fresh IVF cycle, SGF can freeze the embryos and transfer them at a later date. For the patient, this results in a cost savings and a shorter cycle with less medicine.
Last year, SGF preformed over 1,000 FET cycles, with a 57% clinical pregnancy rate for all age groups. That shows that the clinical pregnancy rate for frozen cycles has now surpassed fresh cycles. Why? The answer is pretty simple. SGF will only freeze the high quality embryos – so these cycles are working from a better batch eggs, so to speak.
A look back on our FET program shows just what great leaps and bounds have been made. In 2010, SGF had a 49% clinical pregnancy rate for FET. A look back even further to 2007, shows just how far we have come, from a 31% clinical pregnancy rate. Really proving how valuable this improvement in freezing technology has become and enabling patients to make one fresh cycle go further by providing them with subsequent frozen cycles.
Another area SGF has stayed ahead of the curve is an effort to decrease multiples. Although many patients like the idea of 2-for-1 with twins or even triplets, the reality is that these pregnancies are much harder on mother and child and first year medical costs for twins is significantly higher compared to a singleton birth. Thanks in part to our elective single embryo transfer (eSET) program, we decreased multiple births from 30% in 2008 to 25% in 2011. Furthermore, from the start of our eSET initiative, zero patients that have chosen to transfer just one embryo have delivered triplets. In 2011, the twin rate for eSET patients was 1.7% compared to 23% of all pregnancies.
Shady Grove Fertility is proud of our initiatives to improve technology and IVF success rates while protecting the health of parent and child. In addition, SGF recognizes the mutual benefits of providing patients with all the information they need to make informed decisions involving their medical treatment.
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