Understanding the New Fertility Clinic Success Statistics
Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Brad Van Voorhis, Professor and Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and President of Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology; and Dr. Art Castelbaum, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Medical Director of RMA of Philadelphia and Central Pennsylvania.
- Difference between SART and CDC stats
- Which one should patients look at?
- When did the new stats roll out?
- Why did the format for the infertility clinic success statistics change?
- A walk through of the news stat fertility clinic success statistics format.
- How does the filter work when viewing the fertility clinic success stats?
- How to determine how many cycles it takes the average patient to achieve a pregnancy.
- What does this warning mean: “The data presented in this report should not be used for comparing clinics. Clinics may have differences in patient selection, treatment approaches, and cycle reporting practices which may inflate or lower pregnancy rates relative to another clinic. Please discuss this with your doctor.”
- Can doctors still refuse to offer treatment to a certain type of patient? For example, a woman over 40 who wants to try IVF using her own eggs or a woman who has dad 3 failed IVF cycles.
- When reporting triplets and more, do they report total number of pregnancies? In other words, do they take into account selective reductions?
- Will CDC follow suit and start using a different infertility clinic success format?
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