How to Evaluate IVF Programs & Their Success Rates
Check the stats.
Go to the website for the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) to see IVF success rates for any IVF program in the United States. Go to “IVF Success”, then click on “Find a Clinic.” Search the state or zip code you are interested in and all the programs are listed. Notice pregnancy rates for your age group (<35, 35-37, etc). You can also look at your clinic of interest and see how they compare to the national live birth rates. A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches, and entry criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic.
While you will see many different reports on the website, the “Percentage of transfers resulting in live births” is one of the most important categories. It tells you how many women delivered a baby after an embryo transfer at that program. The number of cycles that have been performed will be a reflection of the clinic’s experience. You can also go to the CDC website to see success rates for all clinics in the country.
Be sure to check your physicians’ credentials.
Are the doctors fellowship trained and subspecialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility? Most Ob-Gyn doctors are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, but the most highly trained infertility doctors are also SUBSPECIALTY board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).
All four physicians at Carolina Conceptions are subspecialty certified. This means we have completed an additional 2-3 years of fellowship training after our 4 years of residency in Ob/Gyn, and have passed the written and oral exams for both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI).
Are you receiving the care and attention you desire? Are your fertility doctors accessible to you throughout your treatment?
At Carolina Conceptions, we pride ourselves on patient care and customer service. Excellent patient care is our top priority. At CC, we unite the expertise of our entire medical team in one common goal: making your family a reality. For this reason, you’ll likely see all of us at different points in your cycle. As a result, our patients often find success sooner than they would seeing a single physician.
All physicians, nurses, embryologists and staff members are accessible by email and phone. We feel it is very important that you have confidence and trust in your accessible IVF team.
Are the IVF program costs transparent?
IVF is an effective but expensive therapy. We make every effort to offer transparent and competitive IVF costs, counseling with our financial representatives and financing if needed.
There are less expensive IVF programs than ours, but their live birth rates may not be as high as our program.
Preliminary Live Birth Per New Patient
2019 SART Data
Patient’s Own Eggs
2016-2019 IVF Statistics for patient’s own eggs, donor eggs, and donor embryos
*Preliminary Outcome per Intended Egg Retrieval-the chance of a live birth after a cycle is initiated for egg retrieval.
**Subsequent Frozen Cycle-the chance of a live birth after thawing a frozen egg or embryo after the first embryo transfer has been completed, or the time between the egg retrieval and frozen cycle start is greater than 1 year.
What about the Lab?
If you feel comfortable with the overall success rates of a fertility clinic and the training of its physicians, it’s time to ask a few questions about the clinic’s IVF lab.
Does the IVF lab meet the highest standards of excellence?
*Carolina Conceptions has been awarded CAP accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists since opening. CAP accreditation indicates that our laboratory is one of an exclusive group of reproductive laboratories around the country that have met the highest standards of excellence.
*CC is also CLIA certified which means we are certified not only by the State of North Carolina, but also by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This means we are allowed to accept human samples (eggs, sperm, embryos) for diagnostic testing.
Does the lab have the most cutting edge technology?
With the exception of a few screening labs, all IVF procedures are conducted in our on-site, state-of-the-art laboratory.
*Advanced IVF treatments such as egg freezing, ICSI, assisted hatching, and trophectoderm biopsy for Preimplantation Genetic Testing all take place in our facility.
*Low oxygen tension/nitrogen incubators are used at CC instead of the standard carbon dioxide incubators, to better simulate the woman’s fallopian tube environment. Atmospheric conditions are held to a strict standard, and culture conditions are tailored to match patient needs.
*Multiroom, bench top incubators for embryo culture have independent chambers preventing cross contamination without causing any disturbance to the neighboring chambers even when the lids are opened/closed. pH and temperature is precisely regulated and there is no fluctuation for nearby chambers.
*We utilize a high pressure air flow system to force air from the lab into the rest of the clinic to maintain excellence in air quality. By maintaining a positive pressure, contaminants are less likely to enter the lab whenever the doors are opened.