SART Reports and IVF Success Rates
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect data on all assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures nationwide. This ART data is collected and compiled in summaries called SART reports. If you are trying to get pregnant, and your fertility doctor has commended in vitro fertilization (IVF), you may want to check out SART reports. These reports share IVF success rates at fertility clinics nationwide.
Finding SART reports online
To view the SART national summary or find SART reports for fertility clinics near you, visit the SART website. Remember: SART does not present success rates for all fertility treatments. SART reports only present data on ART procedures that involve the handling of both sperm and egg. You can find success rates on the following procedures in SART reports:
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT)
- Zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT)
Read on to find out how SART reports can help you understand IVF success rates at fertility clinics near you.
Interpreting IVF success rates
You may be scratching your head, wondering: how can SART reports help me understand IVF success rates? Well, it can be done, but you are going to have to look at the big picture. SART reports give you a general overview of a clinic's experience with IVF and other ART procedures. However, the report does not have to be, and should not be, the deciding factor in where you seek fertility treatment. Here are three things to be cautious about when reading SART reports.
- SART reports share live birth rates and pregnancy rates. You will see that these numbers vary. Some experts will advise you to look at the live birth rates more than the pregnancy rates. It is helpful to know how many babies were born using ART, not just how many babies were conceived.
- Some clinics treat many high-risk patients while others are more cautious with patient selection. A clinic's choice of clientele can affect its IVF success rates. Check out how many cycles your clinic performs, which treatments they use, and the age groups and diagnoses they work with. These criteria can help you get a better picture of your clinic's expertise.
- If you are interested in a small fertility clinic, look at SART data from past years, since success rates at clinics that perform less than 20 ART cycles a year tend to vary more than larger clinics.
Even when you take these factors into account, IVF success rates will differ slightly between clinics since each clinic has different expertise, training, and practice guidelines. As you research fertility clinics, keep in mind that SART report success rates may not mean much if you have a very specific or rare infertility condition. Unfortunately, SART report success rates will not necessarily tell you if IVF will work for you.
Choosing a clinic
Now that you are armed with a better understanding of SART reports and IVF success rates, you may still struggle to compare one fertility clinic to another. We have some tips to help you find the right fertility clinic for you. After reviewing IVF success rates, visit the clinics that you are most interested in. Do not be afraid to ask questions! Here are a few suggestions:
- Does the IVF clinic offer financial advice, counseling services, or other benefits that you desire?
- Is the office conveniently located? Do you care if the practice is large or small?
- Do the doctors and staff seem friendly and helpful? Does the clinic "feel" right to you?
Before you take the plunge with a specific clinic, sit down and talk with a fertility doctor onsite. Discuss your age, health condition, and desired treatment, and get an idea for whether IVF will work for you. If you feel that your fertility clinic or doctor is not doing their absolute best to help you, always feel free to seek help elsewhere.Sources
- Bruce, D, Thatcher, S., Berg, B. Making a Baby. New York: Random House, 2010.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
- Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Success Rates