How to Interpret IVF Success Statistics

We tell people to check out the Center for Disease Control statistics before selecting an infertility clinic, but how in the world do you make sense of these numbers? Which ones are truly important? Can they be manipulated? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. David Adamson, reproductive endocrinologist and Medical Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California and Founder and CEO of Advanced Reproductive Care, a national network of fertility clinics. He was past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART). Our other guest will be Dr. Laurence Udoff, a reproductive endocrinologist with Genetics and IVF Institute and a professor at University of Maryland. He is the lead physician at GIVF on donor egg IVF and egg vitrification.

Hit the Highlights
  • What is the difference between the IVF success statistics posted on the CDC site and on the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) site?
  • Why are the statistics not for the current year?
  • How do you find the CDC IVF Infertility Clinic Statistics and the SART IVF Success Infertility Clinic?
  • What is meant by GIFT and ZIFT on the statistics? What are these procedures and do we need to pay attention to them?
  • Which of the IVF success statistics are the most important to pay attention to?
  • What do each of the statistics mean?
  • How can we use these statistics to choose an infertility clinic?
  • What is the down side of using the CDC infertility clinic statistics when choosing a fertility treatment for IVF?
  • How can these statistics be manipulated?
  • Do these statistics sometimes drive the type of treatment you recieve?
  • How to find a list of infertility clinics in your area?
  • How to choose a fertility clinic?

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