Fertility and Genetics exciting developments
New and exciting developments have taken place in our practice and we ask for a moment of your time to give you a brief update.
These results have been accomplished with an approximate average of two embryos transferred, and are the product of highly individualized and safe stimulation methods, more efficient embryo culture systems, and highly reliable freezing techniques. Eight years ago we started our Oocyte freezing program, and this technology has quickly become an important option for many women. Oocytes can be frozen at peak reproductive age to allow more freedom and flexibility over reproductive choices.
Embryo Chromosomal Screening currently provides results for all 46 chromosomes. This is especially useful in couples at greater risk for genetic disorders since it allows us to select chromosomally normal embryos, resulting in more viable pregnancies.
We truly appreciate your trust in allowing us to help with your fertility care. Our philosophy of unique, personal, and individualized medical attention is open to everyone requiring our assistance in starting a family.
Understanding IVF success rates is essential to estimating your likelihood of conceiving. As members of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART, sart.org), we strive to operate in accordance with the highest standards in reproductive medicine.
We treat every IVF case on an individual basis, and limit the number of embryos transferred as per established guidelines. Our historically low higher order pregnancy outcomes are the Most Unexceptional evidence of such approach (see our historical success rates for the last decade below).
If you are having difficulty conceiving, our fertility clinic specialists at Fertility and Genetics we can help. With over 20 years of combined experience, our fertility clinic doctors of South Florida specialize in providing assisted reproduction and infertility care with a personal, individualized approach in a smaller one on one setting.
You should also know that comparing success rates between various clinics may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, acceptance criteria, and treatment approaches may vary from clinic to clinic. For these reasons, such comparisons may be unreliable. In addition, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology SART (www.sart.org) requires all member clinics to follow specific advertising guidelines. Success rates must be expressed as live births per cycle start and must be presented in the format used on the SART website.
We believe that patients should be well informed about all factors influencing a fertility center’s IVF pregnancy rates, including: the training, skill, and experience of the reproductive endocrinologist(s), the quality of the laboratory environment, the number of embryos transferred per case, as well as the nature of the cases taken on by the center over a period of time; there are “highly complex cases” and “straight-forward cases”. Patient populations will vary from year to year. All of these factors influence overall IVF success rates over time.
Because IVF procedure success rates can be calculated in many different ways, understanding IVF terminology and making sense of success rate statistics are important when it comes to assessing your own situation. The following concepts and terminology will help you assess your own circumstances better:
Sample size (i.e., number of IVF cycles started per group or category)
The sample size of a statistical sample is the number of observations that constitute it. Sample size is an essential feature of any study in which the goal is to make inferences about a population from the sample. Larger sample sizes generally lead to increased precision when trying to estimate an unknown parameter.
Refers to the number of IVF treatment cycles started; in IVF, not every cycle started is completed and some cycles are cancelled for various reasons – but mainly due to sub-optimal stimulation response.
Refers to the actual procedure of egg harvesting with the purpose of performing the In Vitro Fertilization process.
Refers to the identification via ultrasound of a sac with a heart beat in the uterus at 8 weeks into pregnancy. Not all clinical pregnancies result in a live birth, as unfortunately some will miscarry.
Live Births per Cycle Start
Refers to the number of live births calculated from the total number of IVF Cycles started.
Live Births per Transfer
Refers to the number of live births calculated from the total number of Embryo Transfers performed.
Refers to the number of embryos that implant, calculated from the total number of embryos transferred.
Refers to IVF cycles using donated oocytes.
IVF results are commonly presented grouped by patient’s age group. Please note that age alone is not the only factor influencing IVF outcomes. Many other factors, which include presence or absence of male factor infertility and its severity, ovarian reserve, antral follicle count, baseline FSH and AMH levels, prior successful or unsuccessful treatments, surgeries, endometriosis, uterine anomalies, tubal factors (such as hydrosalpinx), and genetic factors, will ALL directly or indirectly affect the success of an IVF cycle.
Our SART reported historical IVF Success Rates (prior to 6 and 6-12 years), as well as the most recent IVF Success Rates (Year 2013) are shown below. Egg Donation cycles are grouped together under a separate category (egg donors are usually younger than 34 years old).