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Thursday, March 27, 2008

IVF Success Rates - How Are They Calculated or Manipulated?


IVF Success Rates Can Be Confusing For Couples Who Want Information

Obviously I'm an advocate of conceiving naturally, but I know some couples need assisted reproduction.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I found this interesting article about IVF Success rates. When I was going through IVF, I always wondered how these statistics were calculated. Having worked in healthcare for many years, I've seen how data can be manipulated.
Here is another one of my blog posts about IVF success rates:

http://infertility-fertility.blogspot.com/2011/06/some-little-known-facts-about-fertility.html

 These sites explain more:

http://bioethics.georgetown.edu/pcbe/reports/reproductionandresponsibility/chapter2.html

 From the article:
(i) Success rates: Under the implementing regulations of the Act, each ART program or clinic in the United States is required to report annually to the CDC data relating to its rates of success.86 The Act defines ART as “all treatments or procedures which include the handling of human oocytes or embryos, including in vitro fertilization, gamete intrafallopian transfer, zygote intrafallopian transfer, and such other specific technologies as the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] may include in this definition . . .”87 An “ART program or clinic” is defined as a legal entity practicing under state law, recognizable to the consumer, that provides ART services to couples who have experienced infertility or are undergoing ART for other reasons.88 Each ART program is required to collect and report data for each cycle of treatment initiated. For these purposes, an “ART cycle” is initiated when a woman begins taking fertility drugs or starts ovarian monitoring with the intent of creating embryos for transfer. The data that must be collected include: patient demographics; medical history and infertility diagnosis; clinical information pertaining to the ART cycle; and information on resulting pregnancies and births.
Information is presented in terms of pregnancies per cycle, live births per cycle, and live births per transfer (including never-frozen and frozen embryos from both patients and donors). The statistics are also organized according to age (younger than 35, 35 to 39, and older than 39). Programs are also required to report information on cancelled cycles, number of embryos transferred per cycle, multiple birth rates per transfer, percentage of patients with particular diagnoses, and types and frequency of ARTs used (for example, the frequency with which ICSI is used). The outcome information that ART clinics must report includes the maximum number of fetal hearts observed in ultrasound, whether there was a medically induced fetal reduction, and birth defects diagnosed for each live-born and still-born infant. 

Here is a site that explains how some date may be manipulated:

http://fertilitysuccessrates.com/blog/looking-beyond-fertility-clinic-success-statistics.html 

From the site:
 In conclusion, there are two sides to the story. Clinics that have low success rates may say they don’t manipulate their success rates, and instead, listen to their patients. Clinics that have good success rates but low numbers of patients of advanced maternal age or higher numbers of egg donor cycles may defend themselves by saying that they are not taking a couple's money for treatment that has a low chance of success, which is also a noble reason.

 Here is a link to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology

http://www.sart.org/SART_Success_Rates/

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Ups and Downs of Ovulation Predictors


The following article gives some information about the different kinds of ovulation predictors and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

When I underwent fertility treatments, I used ovulation predictors when we were just starting out with inseminations. My experience was that they were accurate (we would sometimes have ultrasounds to confirm that there were follicles ready).

Ovulation predictors can be expensive depending on the brand and if you use them every month. I preferred to use my own body's ovulation signals and well-timed intercourse.

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