The 2012 IVF and donor egg IVF success rates for US clinics were published by SART this week. What made the national news is that 2012 had the largest number of total IVF cycles and total babies born from IVF in the US. IVF babies now constitute over 1.5% of all births in the US – and there were 61,740 babies born from IVF in 2012. That is a LOT of happy families!
In this first post, let’s focus on the donor egg statistics:
The United States national average live birth rates for a fresh donor egg cycle increased to 56.6% in 9250 cycles, which is slightly fewer cycles than the prior year. 2011 stats were 54.9% based on 9332 transfers. It is a bit startling to see the variation between the average and the top clinics that specialize in egg donation. This year, the top clinic for donor eggs has over a 26% higher success rate than the national average – a pretty notable difference!
The frozen/thawed donor oocyte live birth rates also increased to 37.2% (from 35.7%) and on this one the cycle numbers are slightly higher than the prior year – 7608 transfers vs. 6641 in 2011.
|US National Data – SART Reports||
|Fresh Donor Egg Live Birth %||
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|Thawed Donor Egg Live Birth %||
|Thawed Donor Egg Transfers||
IVF Traveler Top US Clinic Roundup for Fresh Donor Eggs
There are some long time leaders on my list this year, along with some newcomers that are topping the success rates for 2012. For the sake of this list, I am reporting based on the following criteria: clinics who reported to SART, performed at least 50 fresh donor egg cycles in 2012, and have at least a 70% live birth rate. Success rates are reported as live birth rate per transfer.
#1 – Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (aka CCRM – Dr. Schoolcraft) – 83% in 106 cycles with an average of 1.6 embryos transferred: in 2011 they had a 76.3% live birth in 139 cycles; in 2010 they had a 76.4% live birth rate.
#2 South Florida Institute of Reproductive Medicine – a newcomer to my list this year – 82% in 50 cycles with an average of 1.9 embryos transferred; in 2011 they had a 68. 6% success rate; in 2010 they had a 63.2% live birth rate.
#3 Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago (Dr. Sherbahn) – 81.7% in 93 cycles with an average of 1.7 embryos transferred; in 2011 they had a 80% live birth in 75 cycles; in 2010 they had an 81% live birth rate
#4 Oregon Reproductive Medicine (aka ORM – Dr. Hesla) – 77.1% in 144 cycles with an average of 1.7 embryos transferred; in 2011 they had a 74.5% live birth in 106 cycles; in 2010 they had a 73% live birth rate.
#5 Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (aka RMA NJ) – 73% in 63 cycles with an average of 1.7 embryos transferred; in 2011 they had a 71.3% live birth rate in 94 cycles; in 2010 they had a 68.8% live birth rate.
#6 San Diego Fertility Center – 72.3% in 184 cycles with an average of 2 embryos transferred; 2011 was not reported due to a transmission error; in 2010 they had a 77.2% live birth rate.
#7 HRC Fertility- Encino – 71.6% in 81 cycles with an average of 1.9 embryos transferred; 2011 they had a 65.2% live birth rate in 46 cycles; in 2010 they had a 61% live birth rate.
#8 UCSF Center for Reproductive Health – 70.7% in 75 cycles with an average of 1.4 embryos transferred; in 2011 they had a 50.8% live birth rate in 65 cycles; in 2010 they had a 47.8% live birth rate.
Here are some honorable mentions – clinics who didn’t make the 50 cycle cut off, but are showing good success rates:
- Dallas Ft. Worth Fertility Associates – 80% (40 cycles)
- Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility and Genetics – 78.3% (23 cycles)
- Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine – 75.9% (29 cycles)
- HRC- Orange County – 75% (36 cycles)
- Houston IVF – 72.7% (44 cycles)
- Center for Fertility and Gynecology – 72.2% (36 cycles)
- Cardone Reproductive Medicine and Infertility LLC – 72% (25 cycles)
- Bethesda Fertility Center – 70.8% (24 cycles)
- Reproductive Specialists of New York LLP – 70.8% (24 cycles)
- Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists – 70.2% (47 cycles)
If you are looking to find the best success rates in your state – or closest to you, the website FertilitySuccessRates.com has some excellent tools for analyzing the data. To look at data for a specific clinic over several years, SART IVF Success Rates is probably one of your best resources.
Of course, no discussion of US clinic success rates is complete without the obligatory disclosure: A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics and treatment approaches may vary from clinic to clinic. An additional factor that is the number of embryos transferred – naturally, a clinic doing more elective single embryo transfer is likely to have slightly lower success rates. What this really means is that you shouldn’t rely on statistics alone, because clinics that take on difficult patient cases might not have the best success rates as the result. There are many other reasons that data might vary from one clinic (and by doctor within a clinic), or may have changed significantly since 2012 – so it should be just one piece of the overall clinic consideration. Here’s another blog post about When NOT to use success rates to choose a clinic.
If you want some help deciphering the success rates or discussing what they might mean to you, I offer a clinic selection service consultation to help analyze the statistical data along with your priorities and assist you with selecting a clinic in the US or abroad.