Saini IVF is proud to have leading IVF success rates. We are committed to providing the latest and most proven clinical treatment programs to help you achieve a successful pregnancy.
Will Your Treatment Be Successful?
Your Fertility Specialist will explain your chances of success, taking into consideration your type of infertility, your age and type of treatment. Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) procedures have progressed rapidly since the first pregnancy in 1970's and so have the associated success rates. Advancements in technology at Saini IVF have allowed us to routinely grow embryos from Day-3 Morula to Day-5/6 Blastocysts. There are many hurdles to cross during a treatment and it is wise to keep in mind that they must be successfully crossed to get to what we are all striving for – a baby to take home. Global average ART success rate is 35-40%, however team at Saini IVF works hard and always tries to achieve a higher success rate.
Success rates can be affected by many factors, including:
. Sperm quality (ability to penetrate egg, motility, count and concentration)
. Fertility history
. Number of eggs recovered and eggs quality
. Genetic factors
. Environment and lifestyle factors of both partners eg: diet, smoking and weight.
. Age of both partners
Many IVF centres advertise higher success rate to trap patients which is unethical, as globally there is no format on how to publish a success rate. To determine an IVF centre's success rate please read the guidelines to Australian IVF centres by their consumer commission court - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
1. How do clinics define 'success'?
A clinic can look much more successful than another because of the way they measure success rates. It is important to know whether a clinic's success rate is defined as a clinical pregnancy or a live birth rate, and whether the success rate figures are per started treatment cycle or per embryo transfer.
As an example, let's say 100 women start a treatment cycle. 75 of them have an embryo transfer, 25 have a clinical pregnancy and 20 give birth. The rate of the pregnancy per embryo transfer then is 33%. But the live birth per started treatment cycle is only 20%. Regardless of how success is reported, the outcome is the same: of the 100 women who started a treatment cycle, 20 had a baby.
Arecent audit found most clinics quote pregnancy per embryo transfer rates. This does not account for women who don't get eggs or embryos, or the 20% of women who get pregnant but miscarry.
2. Is there information about the impact of age?
One of the most important factors in IVF success is the age of the woman undergoing treatment. For women in their early 30s, the chance of having a baby per started treatment cycle is about 25%, but it drops to only 6% after age 40.
Most clinics mention that a woman’s age affects the chance of success but the audit found one in five clinics didn’t.
One in five clinics don’t mention that a woman’s age affects the chance of success.
3. Does the website say your health matters?
There is clear evidence that parental obesity, smoking, pesticides, BPA, and other health behaviours affect the chance of conceiving spontaneously, as well as the health of the baby at birth and in the future. But people may not be aware these factors also affect the chance of having a baby with IVF.
Globally, only one in ten websites mentioned the impact of potentially modifiable lifestyle factors on the chance of IVF success. This may be a missed opportunity. People who consider IVF are highly motivated to have a baby and knowing early there are things they can do to improve their chances could be an incentive to improve their health before treatment.
4. Is it obvious you may need several treatment cycles?
While clinics advertise success rate figures in more or less transparent ways, the reality is that most IVF cycles fail. As we need to remember that global IVF success rate is between 30-40%. People often need several treatment cycles to have a reasonable chance of having a baby.
For most people, the ultimate chance of having a baby increases for each additional cycle, (up until five cycles).
So it’s helpful to have a series of treatments in mind rather than expecting immediate success when embarking on IVF. That way expectations may be more realistic and people may be more likely to try again if treatment fails.
5. Are there lots of baby images?
Many clinics use images of cute babies on the pages where chance of success is described. Linking success rate figures to such images can make people susceptible to overestimating the potential of having a baby from treatment.
People who need IVF to have a family are particularly vulnerable, as they are staring down the barrel of physically, emotionally and financially demanding treatment to have what most of us expect to achieve in the privacy of our bedroom. Ensuring they receive the most accurate and realistic information of what is possible with IVF should be every clinic's goal.
6. ART centres in India
ART centres in India are ultimately regulated by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). However, not all ART centres in India are recognised by ICMR, as they do not meet the criteria. A list of recognised centres can be found on their website or in the link below. Some ART centre’s will claim to be the best and number one in the country or respective states, however, ICMR or state authorities do not regulate these statistics and thus, such claims are fraudulent and full of errors as they cannot be verified.
Above information has been outsourced from Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA). VARTA provides independent information and support to those looking into the use of assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF. More information about how to interpret clinic success rates can be found on following links: