In our new, state of the art laboratory facilities, our pregnancy rates are above the national averages compared to 2012 Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) data, which is the most current data available.
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.
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
With the addition of Sana M Salih, MD, MMS, to our team in 2013, our IVF success rates continue to improve.
Although we want to help everyone achieve a successful pregnancy, it is also very important to us that we maximize the chance of success yet minimize the risk of a multiple gestation pregnancy.
In efforts to reduce the number of multiple gestation pregnancies resulting from IVF, the Gundersen Fertility Center has established a policy regarding the number of fresh embryos to transfer. This policy was established to comply with the Embryo Transfer Guidelines devised by The Practice Committees of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Pregnancy results from our own IVF program were taken into consideration as well.
The number of embryos selected for transfer should be based on age and prognosis. The following criteria are used to determine a favorable prognosis:
- First attempt IVF or previous successful IVF cycle
- Good ovarian reserve
- History of not smoking
- Good embryo quality on day 5 of development
- Excess embryos available for cryopreservation (for day 5 embryo transfer)
||Age < 35
||Age > 40
|All other patients
Please note: These guidelines may be modified according to individual circumstances after appropriate consultation.
As a result of this policy, our program has performed many elective single embryo transfers (eSET) for patients with a favorable prognosis. In this situation, the patient may have two or more embryos available for transfer, but after consulting with our embryologist, has decided to transfer only a single embryo.
The 2012 national percentage of eSET performed is just under 15%, according to the Centers for Disease Control. By comparison, our program is closer to 60% eSET, with an ongoing pregnancy rate of almost 80%.