The Latest IVF Success Rates

Can in vitro fertilization (IVF) help you get pregnant? Find out below, where we share the latest IVF success rates.

Below, we share the percentage of women that gave birth following an embryo transfer with IVF. The first group shows live birth rates (per transfer) for women that used fresh embryos in 2012 and the second group shows success rates per transfer for women that used frozen embryos in 2012.

IVF success rates with fresh embryos - 2012

  • Women under 35: 47.1 %
  • Women 35-37: 37.9 %
  • Women 38-40: 28.5 %
  • Women 41-42: 16.3 %
  • Women 42: 6.1 %

IVF success rates with frozen embryos - 2012

  • Women under 35: 42.4 %
  • Women 35-37: 39.8 %
  • Women 38-40: 33.9 %
  • Women 41-42: 26.4 %
  • Women 42: 17.8 % 

As you can see, age is one of the biggest factors influencing your chances of IVF success. You can see that younger women often have higher birth rates following IVF.

Could donor eggs help you conceive?
Based on your age or medical condition, your doctor may recommend that you try the IVF process using donor eggs. In 2012, IVF donor egg cycles had very high success rates.

  • 56.6 % of fresh embryo transfers using donor eggs resulted in live births. 
  • 37.2 % of the transfers using thawed frozen donor egg embryos resulted in live births.

This means that fresh embryo transfers using donor eggs were slightly more successful than frozen embryo transfers using donor eggs.

What about embyro transfer? Does it affect IVF success rates?
Has your doctor told you how many embryos he or she wants to transfer during IVF? You may wonder if transferring more embryos with IVF might increase your chances of IVF success. This is an issue currently being studied at length by fertility researchers.

If you are under 35, transferring more than two embryos could increase your chances of becoming pregnant. However, multiple embryo transfer can also significantly increase your chances of having multiples (twins, triplets, or more). No matter what your age is, talk to your doctor about whether single embryo transfer is a good option for you. It is something that many experts now recommend.

How many IVF cycles should you try for the best chances of success?
Experts say that your chances of IVF success double when you commit to three IVF cycles. Therefore, you may want to consider trying IVF multiple times. 

If you are concerned about money and are interested in IVF financing options, our Attain IVF Programs provide a course-of-treatment option to help you pay for IVF.

Ask your fertility clinic about IVF success rates
IVF clinics report different rates of IVF success. Clinic by clinic, IVF success rates  will depend on several different factors, including:

  • The expertise of the clinic's staff and physicians
  • The clinic's lab specifications and capabilities
  • The types of patients the clinic works with

When choosing an IVF clinic, make sure to ask questions about your chances of IVF success at that clinic. When comparing clinics, make sure to ask about the following:

  • Their patients' live birth success rates (also called the take home baby rate not just their pregnancy rates)
  • How your age may impact IVF success
  • How your health condition, fertility problems, and personal lifestyle habits might affect your treatment

These factors all can all influence your personal chances of success with IVF. 

Schedule an IVF consultation

If you are unsure how to interpret the success rates presented here, check with your local fertility center or visit the website of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) to learn more. 

Medical review provided by Sara Pittenger Reid, M.D., reproductive endocrinologist with the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area

Sources
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Clinic Summary Report
  • IntegraMed: IVF Success Rates: The IVF Success Rate Odds
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