Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

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What are the chances you’ll get pregnant with IVF? (image by h.koppdelaney, via flickr)

Here are some statistics on the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF), to give you hope if you’re having trouble getting pregnant or are coping with infertility.

“This [research] shows that, overall, IVF is extraordinarily effective and largely overcomes infertility, especially in younger women,” says lead author Beth Malizia, MD, a clinical fellow at Boston IVF and in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Malizia and her colleagues analyzed data from 6,000 couples coping with infertility and using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to get pregnant. The success rates of in vitro fertilization are surprisingly high!

For more info about coping with infertility treatments, read IVF: A Patient’S Guide by Rebecca Matthews. It’s a solid introduction to in vitro fertilization for people who are new to the process.

And, read on for some great news about the success rates of IVF…

Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Infertility affects more than 6 million women in the U.S. between ages 15 and 44, say the experts at the National Center for Health Statistics. Dr Malizia says that her goal in conducting this research about the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) was to provide information that would answer a primary question: “What is the chance that I will walk away with a baby?”

These researchers found that the chances of a successful live birth following in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy range between 65 and 86 percent in younger women and between 23 and 42 percent in women aged 40 and older. This information is from a longitudinal research study conducted by Dr Malizia and Alan Penzias, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF (along with coauthor Michele Hacker, ScD).

“IVF treatment has come of age,” says Dr Penzias. “Although we continue to address the challenge of age-dependent decline in fertility, with these successful results, we have shown that fertility can be restored to the majority of young women who want to have a baby.”

The Steps of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

According to this research, each IVF cycle consists of four steps:

First, the patient takes a course of fertility medication to encourage egg development. Second, eggs are retrieved through a minor surgical procedure. Then the retrieved eggs are fertilized in the laboratory and finally, approximately three to six days following egg retrieval, fertilized embryos are implanted in the woman’s uterus.

“Traditionally, IVF has been reported as pregnancies per IVF cycle,” explains Malizia. “These calculations can not only be difficult to comprehend, but can also be misleading since they don’t take into account the difference in success between the first-time patient and the patient who did not become pregnant in previous IVF attempts.”

Malizia’s study does take this into account, and has found the success rates of in vitro fertilization to be happily high! For more info on this study, go to Study Examines Live Birth Rates Following In Vitro Fertilization (a press release from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).

For more info on this fertility treatment, read Does In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Work? What the Research Shows.

If you’ve experienced a successful in vitro fertilization, I’d love to hear from you! And if you’ve tried and tried to get pregnant – but keep getting disappointed, I’d also love to hear how you are…and if you have any tips for couples coping with infertility.

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