IVF Authority

IVF Authority

In the US, the average cost of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is $12,400 per cycle (based on data from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine). Moreover, this cost isn’t covered by most insurance plans.

Therefore, you need to consider only the best fertility clinics for such a costly medical service.

These useful tips will help you identify the best fertility clinics.

Evaluate the IVF Treatment Cycle Success Rate

The IVF success rate is a useful indicator of the best fertility clinics.

Fortunately, you can get reliable data on this critical aspect, since the federal government requires all fertility clinics to report their IVF treatment cycle success rate. You’ll get this information by logging onto the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology’s (SART) website.

The information provided isn’t just limited to IVF.

Such fertility clinics report and verify data on all their assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles, every year. ART includes multiple fertility treatments that involve handling of eggs or embryos. IVF is just the main type of ART; whereby your eggs are extracted, fertilized in the lab, and the resulting embryo placed in your uterus through your cervix.

As a useful reference, here is the overall data on ART success rates in 2018, from the CDC:

  • 456 reporting clinics
  • 306,197 ART cycles (not including 8 cycles with new treatments)
  • 103,078 of the cycles were embryo or egg banking (frozen for future use, not for pregnancy or birth)
  • 81,478 live born infants
  • 73,831 live births (delivered living infants)

Personally Assess the Facility

Apart from getting reliable data when searching for the best fertility clinics, you need to make a personal evaluation of prospective facilities.

The best IVF clinics will proudly display their results on their websites. Therefore, you should be more cautious about any facility that doesn’t do this.

Also consider the number of assisted reproductive procedures.

A higher volume is a good sign of expertise within the best fertility clinics. Evidently, having more procedures could mean that more people trust the clinic’s services. Besides, medical professionals who perform more procedures gain more insights and skills. Therefore, always ask about the number of procedures performed in a year.

Experienced service providers is another critical consideration.

Experience provides a combination of knowledge and wisdom. This applies to both the duration of operation of the clinic as well as the years of experience of the medical staff. Moreover, service providers must be fellowship-trained and board-certified in the particular field.

But, how well organized is the facility?

The best fertility clinics are well organized, meaning fewer chances of mishaps. One indicator of poor management or bad leadership is a high staff turnover. So, try to find out how long the medical professionals have served within the clinic.

And, finally, don’t disregard your gut feelings.

When you interact with the staff, how comfortable do you feel about entrusting them with your priceless gametes? How effective are they at communicating with you about every aspect of the procedure?

Evaluate Your Chances of Success with ART

Admittedly, the best fertility clinics can only do so much.

That means, you also need to evaluate your chances of success with ART. This will influence the type of facility you chose. For instance, your success rate can be influenced by the type of ART procedure; therefore, you’ll need to indentify a facility providing the right procedure.

Various other factors that can influence your individual ART success rate, include:

  • infertility diagnosis
  • age
  • number of embryos transferred
  • use of techniques such as ICSI
  • history of previous miscarriages, births, and ART cycles

Fortunately, you can predict your chances of success using tools provided by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and ivfauthority.com. These tools help you search for the best fertility clinics by ZIP code, state, and/ or region. You can also predict your chances of success with ART by plugging in your age, height, weight, and the number of births you’ve had.

For further assistance in your search, get the latest reports and tools on fertility clinics from reputable sources like ivfauthority.com or Resolve, The National Infertility Association (a non-profit nationwide network promoting reproductive health while working towards equal access to family-building options for people experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders).

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