Evaluating an IVF Clinic's Pregnancy Rates
Below is a list of a couple important items that people should keep in mind when they evaluate an IVF clinic's pregnancy rates:
Patient diagnosis - If a fertility clinic treats a large number of patients with a difficult-to-treat diagnosis such as decreased ovarian reserve, their pregnancy rates will not be as high. These lower pregnancy rates aren't necessarily a negative reflection on the IVF clinic. Conversely, if a clinic routinely turns away patients with decreased ovarian reserve, their pregnancy rates will, in turn, be higher.
Physician and Laboratory Credentials - It is always valuable to evaluate the credentials of the IVF laboratory as well as that of the physician. For instance, ideally the physician should be a member of reputable organizations such as the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). It is also preferable that the fertility physicians be Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists. This is the highest level of certification in the fertility field. Lastly, it is important that the IVF laboratory be certified by reputable bodies such as the College of American Pathologists - American Society for Reproductive Medicine (CAP-ASRM).
Above are just a couple of the important considerations but there are many other factors that come into play with regard to evaluating an IVF clinic's pregnancy rates. I'm sure some of you have questions about your individual diagnosis, how to evaluate pregnancy rates, and more. If so, I'd love to hear from you!