At Aurora, we are occasionally asked why we don’t post our IVF pregnancy rates on our website. IVF success rates have changed a lot over the past decade. The treatment has improved, because of advances in the science of stimulating egg development and growing the fertilized eggs (embryos) in the laboratory. There is no doubt that the treatment success rates have improved dramatically. But IVF success rates can be tricky to interpret. There are many factors that come into play when interpreting a clinic’s success rate.
Clinics can differ in the patient population they treat – for example some clinics may care for a larger proportion of older women, or couples with previous treatment failures, and this can affect the “success rates.” Some clinics may promote transfer of 1 embryo at a time, to encourage the best possible outcome for the mom and baby while others may liberally transfer multiple embryos during treatment.
There are many other factors that are important when choosing a fertility clinic, beyond success rates. It’s important to find a fertility care team that meets your needs: a place that is comfortable, convenient, has good communication and supports you through the stress of infertility.
If you are planning to do IVF treatment at Aurora, your physician will counsel you about your chance of pregnancy. Rest assured, our pregnancy rates compare favorably to the national average and we will work with you to achieve our common goal – a healthy, happy mom and baby!
Dr. Adrian Gamelin was interviewed by Global Regina in a story on Fertility Funding.
REGINA – Rod and Jayleene Sully have been married for nine years, and have decided it’s time to add a child to their family photos.
“We started trying and ran into some problems,” said Jayleene.
The couple consulted a fertility specialist and were told they were unlikely to conceive without help – either from a sperm donor or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The Sullys prefer not to go with a donor, but IVF is a pricey procedure – costing upwards of $10,000.
“We had hope, (thinking) ‘Maybe we can do this,’” Jayleene said. “Then we found out the cost and said, ‘I don’t think we can afford that.’”
Depending on the province, some in vitro treatments are paid for by health care. In Saskatchewan coverage is only provided for infertility investigation, including sperm testing.
Infertility Saskatchewan – an advocacy group pushing for public funding of infertility treatments – wants to change that, citing a new report from the University of Alberta.
It says funding some forms of IVF could actually be more cost effective for the health system.
“We can try and reduce the financial barriers so couples are more inclined to transfer a single embryo during their fertility treatments, there will be fewer multiple pregnancies,” said Dr. Adrian Gamelin of Saskatoon’s Aurora Reproductive Care – the province’s only fertility clinic. “Therefore, the government will actually save money.”
While treatment is on the rise, doctors say, too often infertility isn’t recognized as a health issue.
“Infertility is a medical condition,” Gamelin said. “It’s not a choice any couple would make not to be able to have children.”
Rod and Jayleene don’t believe IVF funding will arrive in time for them, but they’re not done trying – to conceive and to effect change.
“Anything we can do, so that someone doesn’t have to say ‘no’ to a family because they can’t afford it.”
You can view the VIDEO on Global website by clicking here
It’s been a while since I posted, but let me reassure you that we have not been on holidays. We have been busy!
Since we opened the doors to Aurora, we have been bustling with activity. It has been very exciting for us to get our donor and partner intrauterine insemination programs up and running. We also recently completed our first series of IVF treatments. It went very smoothly, thanks to our awesome and experienced staff who worked hard to give our patients the best experience possible. The feedback has been enormously positive.
We have also been working very hard to reduce the wait times for consultation at Aurora. We thank all of the women and couples who have waited a long time to see us for their patience as we made this transition. We understand how frustrating infertility is, and how much a long wait list to see a specialist can add to that. The good news is that we are able to see couples experiencing fertility problems much more quickly now – within 4 months at most right now.
It’s rewarding to see our vision for fertility care come to life at Aurora, and it’s a privilege to be a part of your journey.