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Success Rates – What do they Mean?

by Dr. Adrian Gamelin

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!

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