A consistent leader in successful outcomes for patients in the California and throughout the United States
One of the most frequently asked questions by patients is “What is my chance of getting pregnant? And quickly that question is followed by “What are your lab’s pregnancy success rates?” SDFC has consistently demonstrated and reported superior pregnancy success rates. And more importantly SDFC has demonstrated superior live birth rate per transfer.
While infertility statistics are meaningful, they cannot measure the satisfaction of all of our patients, whatever the outcome of their infertility treatment. Our practice is put to the test daily earning the continuing trust and respect of our patients and our colleagues. We are proud of our record and the enduring relationships we have with the many individuals who have passed through our doors.
We can help you evaluate all of your options, establish realistic expectations, and follow an appropriate course of infertility treatment, which might include promising new therapies. The field of infertility is moving forward at an astonishing pace, and through research we keep our practice firmly in the forefront of these advances.
We are proud of our IVF success rates at SDFC. We report our success in terms of pregnancies and live births per transfer. Because protocols are constantly changing and improving, we believe that the live birth rate per transfer most accurately reflects the current performance of a program.
Please note: A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics and treatment approaches may vary from clinic to clinic.
Understanding Success Rates
What are your IVF success rates? How many pregnancies have you had this month? Should I choose treatment A or treatment B? My friend got pregnant with IVF, is this the most effective infertility treatment for me? The answers to these and other questions require an understanding of the pregnancy rates of the fertility treatment program and are important for patients who are considering treatments, physicians who are considering referrals for their patients who need infertility care and for the program itself to monitor it's quality and strive for improvements. These are commonly asked questions, but the answers depend on the circumstances of the individual couple involved.
To be completely honest, the success rates for a couple may range from less than 1% to greater than 90%, depending on the specific diagnosis or details involved. For example, if a woman has tubal disease her success rates with intrauterine insemination may be poor, but her success using in vitro fertilization (IVF) should be excellent. Alternatively, if we find that the male has as a very low sperm count, the odds of achieving a pregnancy with natural intercourse or even gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) are poor, but with in vitro fertilization and micromanipulation (ICSI) the chances for pregnancy are very high. This is the reason many programs are reluctant to quote success rates over the phone or even during the initial consultation. Realistic success rates can only be determined once a complete evaluation has been completed.
Another problem with infertility treatment success statistics is the way in which they are reported. Should we report pregnancies based on each attempted cycle or overall success after 3 months or 6 months of infertility treatment? Should "success" be defined as a (+) pregnancy test or a live born child delivered 9 months later? Even the fertility experts can't agree and the organizations that collate success rates have changed their definitions over time. The most commonly reported success rate is a "clinical pregnancy" per transfer (of eggs, sperm or embryos). A "clinical pregnancy" is much more than a (+) pregnancy test and means that a gestational sac has been identified within the uterus by ultrasound. For this to occur the egg must be fertilized and the resulting embryo effectively implanted into the uterine wall. Fortunately, most clinical pregnancies successfully reach delivery. However, some clinical pregnancies do end in miscarriage or are effected by other obstetrical complications. Finally, success rates vary from time to time. Every program has months where the pregnancy success is high, and other months where success rates are slightly lower. It is important to look at success over time.
One of the most important determinants of statistical success is the characteristic of the individual couple that is treated. For example, if a fertility clinic excludes or denies treatment for older women, their statistics reflect treatments in a group of patients that are younger than other fertility clinics. Success rates also depend on the willingness of the professional team to work with a couple to reach their goals. Some fertility clinics cancel treatment cycles frequently or move couples into egg donation or surrogacy quickly. These techniques can have a favorable impact on success rates, but may not reflect a shared approach by the clinical team to reach the goals of each couple. At the San Diego Fertility Center we have an "open door" policy. We will work with all couples to reach their individual goals, using the latest and most effective technology available. Our commitment to you is an honest, ethical approach to outcomes with realistic expectations shared before treatment is initiated.