Shady Grove Fertility is proud to release our 23rd Annual IVF Program Report, which highlights the practice’s 2014 in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates as well as our center’s most notable milestones and accomplishments over the previous year. With outcomes ranking among the highest in the nation, it is extremely gratifying to have helped so many couples achieve their dreams of parenthood.
1. Shady Grove Fertility performed 5,051 IVF cycles in 2014—more than any other year in our history.
2014 was another record-breaking year for the Shady Grove Fertility IVF Program—we performed more fresh IVF cycles in 2014 compared with any year prior. This past year, we completed 5,051 fresh autologous IVF cycles at our center. Paired with an additional 965 cycles initiated using donor eggs, 2014 represents the most cycles ever initiated in a single year at our center.
2. In 2014, Shady Grove Fertility helped more patients conceive than ever before.
This past year, we celebrated over 3,000 babies being conceived through our IVF Program alone, comprised of both fresh and frozen cycles. The publication of our 23rd Annual IVF Program Report depicts a year in which we performed a historic number of cycles at our practice and our pregnancy and delivery rates were among the highest in the nation. Women under the age of 35 had a 54 percent pregnancy rate and 49 percent delivery rate per embryo transfer.
Since our inception, over 37,000 babies have been born through fertility treatment at SGF. Rather than maintain the status quo, though, our dedicated research team, 32 reproductive endocrinologists, and hundreds of exceptional staff have worked to advance available technologies to provide our patients with the best possible care and greatest chances of conception. The technological advances that contributed to our record-breaking year were the increased use of frozen embryo transfers (FETs) and the continued success of elective single embryo transfer (eSET).
3. Frozen embryos continue to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
The ability to freeze and thaw embryos successfully has been one of the greatest advancements in assisted reproductive technology. Patients who use frozen embryos now experience success rates equal to—or even sometimes greater than—fresh embryo transfer cycles. In addition to these success rates, FETs provide patients with several advantages: more chances for conception if a fresh IVF cycle is unsuccessful or an opportunity if patients want to grow their family in the future; frozen cycles are less costly than fresh cycles and are typically less physically demanding; and frozen embryos allow for genetic testing.*
4. Transferring a single embryo (eSET) yields a similar pregnancy rate as transferring two embryos.
Frozen embryos have also paved the way for eSET to be more widely used among our patient community. Having the ability to safely freeze embryos for later cycles has helped the usage of eSET, as patients know that they will have the potential to try again if their cycle is unsuccessful. As a result, we have drastically reduced the number of multiple pregnancies, making pregnancy safer without a significant effect on pregnancy success rates. In 2014, 83 percent of all pregnant patients in the IVF Program who underwent a fresh cycle had a singleton pregnancy, leading to the twin rate falling from 20 percent to 16 percent and the triplet rate remaining at less than 1 percent.
5. Maternal age continues to be the #1 factor in a couple’s ability to conceive.
It’s important for a couple to consider their ideal family size as well as the desired age of the female partner when she conceives her last child. Thus, if a woman is over 35, has been trying to conceive for 6 months, and desires more than one child, she should see a specialist immediately. Early intervention is key in providing the patient with more treatment options before advanced maternal age becomes an issue.
We are proud to share our clinical success rates and accomplishments with you, but our greatest achievement in 2014 cannot be boiled down to charts and statistics. Our greatest achievement was helping our patients to overcome infertility and conceive 3,000 beautiful babies in 2014.
* Patients must undergo a fresh IVF cycle in order to have embryos available for freezing.