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How To Avoid Getting Trapped While Reading Success Rates On IVF?

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MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
IVF Specialist, Nashik
How To Avoid Getting Trapped While Reading Success Rates On IVF?

A review of In Vitro Fertlisation treatment has identified some of the misleading information which clinics provide on their websites, related to chances of people having a baby after going through this process. They often provide success rates in confusing ways as there is no set format on how this kind of information should be put forward in front of patients. The things which consumers must be aware of while visiting the websites of IVF clinics include:

In what way do clinics define success?

  • A clinic might seem to be a lot more successful than the other due to the manner in which they measure success. It is essential to note whether a clinic is defining their success in terms of clinical pregnancy or through live birth. Another aspect is, whether the figures presented of the success rate are according to per treatment cycle or per embryo transfer.
  • For instance, say 100 women start off their IVF treatment cycle, out of which 75 women go through an embryo transfer, 25 have clinical pregnancy and 20 of them give birth.
  • Irrespective of how success gets reported, the outcome remains the same, out of 100 women, only 20 had a baby.
  • The recent investigation found out that most of the clinics quote the rates of pregnancy per embryo transfer. This does not take into consideration, those women who do not get eggs or embryos, or for that matter, 20% of women getting pregnant but have miscarriage.

If there is any information about the impact that age has on it?

  • One of the most important factors which determine the success of an IVF cycle is the woman’s age, who is undergoing the treatment. Women, who are in their early 30s, the chance for them to have a baby per started treatment cycle is around 25% but it falls down to only 6% after women cross the age of 40. Most clinics mention this factor, but this investigation found only 20% of the clinics disclosing the fact.
  • Does The Website Mention That A Woman’s Health Matters?
  • There is clear evidence that factors like obesity of parents, smoking and some other health behaviours adversely affect the chance of conceiving in a spontaneous manner along with the baby’s health during the time of birth and in the future.
  • The review had found out that merely 10% of the websites mentioned the impact which certain modifiable lifestyle factors have on the chance of success in IVF treatment.

Is it obvious a person might need a number of treatment cycles?
When there is advertisement regarding the success rate figures of clinics, the reality is that most of the IVF cycles fail. People quite often need to undergo a number of treatment cycles for having a reasonable chance of having a baby. In case of most people, the maximum chance of having a baby tends to increase for each additional cycle. So, it is important to keep a mindset that one might have to undergo a series of treatments rather than expect instant success through the very first cycle of IVF.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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