success rate

Most fertility clinics include their success rates in their information about the clinic. A success rate is the percentage of successes in relation to the number of attempts. But what do those numbers mean? What does a success rate mean to you?

First and foremost, it means different things depending on what the numbers are reporting. There is a clinical pregnancy rate that tells you the percentage of women who got pregnant as a result of treatment.

However, this does not take into account how many of these pregnancies make it a full term to a live birth. Just like with naturally conceived pregnancies, some assisted pregnancies will also end in miscarriage.

There is also the live birth rate, which some fertility clinics refer to as take-home baby rates. This number will always be lower than the pregnancy rate.

Additionally, these numbers are typically segmented by the age of the mother, which is a large determining factor for the success of treatment. The success rates for any type of treatment are going to be higher for women in their 20s and early 30s than they are for women who are 40 or older. As an example, the success rate for a woman under 35 with fresh eggs using IVF is one in three, and one in seven if you are 40 to 42 (using the national data from 2010).

Click here to download the CDC’s 2013 National Summary Report.

Click here to download the CDC’s 2013 Fertility Clinic Success Rate Report.

Success rates are important to consider, of course. They show a number of important things that can help you have a smoother treatment. One of the most important is showing you a comparable set of data to your own case. This information not only informs you about the treatment available to you, but it also helps you establish a realistic expectation for your own treatment outcome.

Success rates are not the only thing to consider when you are choosing a clinic, however. There are some factors that are not measured and don’t show up in success rates, such as the atmosphere, the efficiency, the quality of care and the ethics of a facility. There can be some doctors and their respective clinics that have excellent success rates but a terrible environment and questionable business practices — not to mention an inefficient schedule. Ask a woman who has waited over an hour in a waiting room to see a fertility specialist how much stake she puts in their success rate at that point!

Of course, it also isn’t great to see a pleasant and time-efficient doctor who doesn’t help any of his or her patients get pregnant, either.

So what does a success rate mean to you? It is an objective number that is used to help compare fertility clinics and give you an idea of what your chances are for success. What they aren’t is a guarantee that you will be successful in your pursuit of getting pregnant. They also aren’t a good indicator of whether the practice is efficient, pleasant or a good fit for you.

When you are choosing a fertility clinic, it is an excellent idea to have a good understanding of what their success rate is. It is also important to pick a clinic that has the right atmosphere for your fertility treatment. Success rates are a great way to start your process, but they shouldn’t be the only factor you consider when pursuing something as important as your dreams of family.

Sources:
Gurevich, Rachel. “What Are the Chances for IVF Success?” infertility.about.com. Web. 16 November 2015.

“What do fertility treatment success rates mean exactly?” www.babycentre.co.uk. Web. 16 November 2015. .