Updated IVF Reporting Guidelines Shed light on Fertility Clinics’ Success
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) recently released fertility clinic data for 2014. Each year, reproductive endocrinologists are required to report in vitro fertilization (IVF) delivery rates to both the CDC and SART, the main organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies in the United States.
This year, SART’s report includes expanded information in a new format, making it easier to evaluate the full meaning of fertility success rates. For example, it now breaks out success rates into primary, secondary, and total embryo transfer attempts.
Among the 20 busiest fertility clinics in the U.S., in 2014 Pacific Fertility Clinic (PFC) reported very low twin and triplet rates and low pre-term and very pre-term delivery rates, while simultaneously maintaining excellent pregnancy and delivery rates.
For patients using their own eggs, PFC’s cumulative outcome per retrieval data showed a twin rate of just 2.3 percent for women under age 35, 3.4 percent for women 35–37, and 1.4 percent for women 38–40. These rates are much lower than the national average of 11.7 percent, 8.1 percent, and 4.1 percent for the same respective age groups. With the exception of 1.1 percent for women 41–42, PFC’s rates for triplets and other higher order multiples was zero in 2014 for cumulative outcome per retrieval.
This lower twin and triplet trend is also improving nationwide. In 2014, 78 percent of babies born to parents undergoing fertility treatment in the U.S. were singletons, an increase of 3.5 percent since 2013. However, only 22 to 31 percent elected to have a single embryo transferred. By contrast, PFC strongly encourages elective single embryo transfer (eSET) and, when combined with pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis, its pregnancy and delivery success rates remain high.
PFC continues to focus on building families one healthy baby at a time, and its numbers are a clear reflection of this forward-thinking philosophy.
About Pacific Fertility Center
Pacific Fertility Center is an international destination for male and female fertility treatment and care. It provides an extensive array of fertility treatment options ranging from intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) to cutting-edge technology such as vitrification and genetic testing of embryos. For more information: www.pacificfertilitycenter.com.
Renee H. Scudder, MS
Pacific Fertility Center
55 Francisco Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133