What do the IVF success rates mean for you, the patient? Are the numbers being advertised by your clinic dependable? While it seems very comforting to go to a clinic that beats the global average of around 45% and advertises over 70% in their success rates, you must proceed with caution.
Going to a fertility clinic with high success rates, does not always mean you have the same high chances of success in IVF. A lot depends upon your individual factors. The clinics success rate also depend upon the number of patients they are treating and if they have a strict selection criteria.
For instance, a clinic treating only younger patients and doing only 2-3 cases a month may even have a 100% IVF success rate, while those who treat hundreds of patients across all age groups and infertility factors are likely to have a lower success rate.
Between these two, it would make more sense to go to the second clinic as they obviously have more experience and have seen more kinds of infertility problems than the first one.
With better understanding and technology available today, the success rates of IVF across all categories are improving.
It is important to know that success rates of fertility treatments are not always dependable and you should have yourself thoroughly evaluated and discuss in detail about the chances of success in your individual situation, before making the decision to undergo expensive, invasive therapies.
Eventually, your goal is to have a baby with as little damage as possible to your own health and financial resources. Learning more about in vitro fertilization, understanding your own body and the reason for your infertility, and discussing in detail with your doctor will help you better assess the chances of success in your individual situation.