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Video showing how to use the SART IVF success rate report to research success rates at IVF clinics

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I'm Dr. Richard Sherbahn from the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.

IVF success rates vary significantly between clinics. In this video, I will show you how to research and compare IVF success rates online using the SART website.

You can go directly to SART at www.SART.org, but I will show you how to get there easily from our site, advancedfertility.com.

Starting at the top of the left menu bar, click on IVF success rates and then links to CDC and SART IVF success rate reports.

Scroll down the page and you'll find links to both the SART and the CDC sites. Click on the link to SART and that will take you to the SART site - and then click on the button that says "IVF success rate reports".

Then, we can look at national summary data or we can look at the results for the clinics in any state in the US.

We're going to look at Illinois. Here is a list of all the clinics in Illinois that report to SART. You can click on any of these links to see the IVF results for any of these clinics in IL.

We're going to look at our report for the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.

At the bottom is "ART data report". Click here and this brings up our clinic's report for 2011, the most recent year that's currently available.

Select from the drop-down menu to see IVF success rates for other years in the past.

At the top of the page is the name of the clinic and the location - in this case the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago in Gurnee, Illinois.

The IVF results for each clinic are shown in 3 sections.

The top section shows results for cycles for women using their own eggs and fresh embryos.

The middle section shows results for women using their own eggs and frozen embryos.

In the bottom section are results using donor eggs. This section shows results for fresh embryo transfers as well as for frozen embryo transfers using donor eggs.

Let's look at some of the details in the report now. Circled in red are the age groups, less than 35, 35 to 37, 38 to 40 and 41 to 42.

Let's look at some of the specific results in our under 35 age group as an example of how to interpret the data chart.

In our report we see the total number of cycles in that age group was 213.

The live birth rate per cycle was 57.7%.

The live birth rate per egg retrieval was 60.3% and the live birth rate per transfer was 61.8%.

In the next section, looking at frozen embryo transfer success rates using on eggs in women under 35 years old, our clinic had a 52% live birth success rate per transfer.

The last section shows success rates using donor eggs. As you can see in our clinic we had an 81.6% live birth success rate per transfer using donor eggs.

So now you know how to look up and compare IVF success rates.

Be informed about success rates at any fertility clinic you are considering, and good luck to you.

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A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches and entrance criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic.