IVF success rates in the spotlight

IVF success rates have been in the spotlight lately, with a new report alleging that there is a huge gap between high performing clinics and low performing clinics.

According to the report, in 2012, 62,000 IVF cycles were performed on 33,000 women, which resulted in 12,000 live births. The report also says that in 2012, the top IVF clinic had a live birth rate of 30.9% and the bottom clinic had a live birth rate of 4%.

It’s certainly a big gap and it does warrant further investigation. When you are making decisions on which clinic you should go to for IVF services, you should certainly make the appropriate enquiries. I also note that the above report says that the data is being kept “secret” – this is not exactly true, as the University of New South Wales has an Australian & New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database (ANZARD) that keeps and publishes statistics from time to time.

When it comes to surrogacy, I work with some of the top IVF clinics in New South Wales. A lot of my work is with IVF Australia – find out more about their success rates here. 

That being said, the numbers don’t tell all of the story. Not all clinics are the same. In addition to this, the major factor that affects pregnancy and birth success rates is often beyond the control of the IVF clinic – the age of the woman receiving the treatment.

Ultimately at the end of the day, it’s not just about the numbers. You need to find someone you are comfortable with, who cares for you, who is able to adjust and refine your treatment (including using the latest technology where necessary) to maximise success.