The best reference points to use are age related break downs of success rates, and to “overlay” this information with your fertility specialist’s experience with your circumstances. When an IVF unit, or group of units report, or publish results, the information presented can often be difficult to apply to you, as the patient/couple.
Most comparisons between IVF services refer to Clinical Pregnancy Rates. A “clinical pregnancy” is defined as, a pregnancy sac in the uterus, a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, or, an ongoing viable pregnancy. Hence, whilst an IVF service may have a particular clinical pregnancy rate, and generally, higher is better (as there SHOULD be more ongoing viable pregnancies leading to the birth of a baby), the clinical pregnancy rate does not equal the Live Birth Rates.
In 2016, Ballarat IVF had a clinical pregnancy rate of just over 40% per embryo transfer, which is excellent, and the highest rate in Victoria in 2016. Whilst we are proud of this “comparative figure”, a more useful piece of information to couples using our service is the likelihood of a LIVE BIRTH of a baby from a stimulation cycle, or the Cumulative Live Birth rate from a single stimulation cycle. The latter means the likelihood of a live birth when a woman undergoes a stimulation cycle, embryos are formed, and embryos are transferred, one at a time until a pregnancy and live birth occurs.
By providing cumulative Live Birth Data we are answering the question, “Okay, I’m planning an IVF cycle, what’s the chances of me getting a live birth of a baby from the embryos formed from that cycle?”
For more information regarding age related break downs of outcomes, please visit the Ballarat IVF website results section. (Click Here) We are proud to report that the cumulative live birth rates after one stimulation cycle at Ballarat IVF between 2013 and 2016, was around 40%, and if a woman has a second IVF stimulation cycle, 70% of women will achieve a live birth. Besides having a live birth, many of these women still have frozen embryos stored for their next pregnancy
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Russell, or your Ballarat IVF fertility nurse on 03 53398200, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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