Choosing an IVF clinic

New comparison website will help

IVF is a real option for people with a family history of HSP wanting a baby free from HSP. However IVF is not only expensive but is also shrouded in secrecy.

One in six Australian couples of reproductive age experience difficulties conceiving a child. Now for the first time, would-be parents will have access to the performance rates of Australia’s individual IVF clinics – allowing greater transparency about success rates.

Couples will also be able to predict their chance of having a baby through IVF by entering their age and clinical details into a calculator on the YourIVFSuccess website.

The statistics behind the tool come from the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database which records every IVF procedure ever undertaken in Australia.

Four measures of a clinic’s performance will be reported including the overall chance of having a baby from any egg retrieval and the chance of having a baby from the first ever egg retrieval.

For each measure, the website compares the individual clinic’s performance to the national average success rate and it also compares success by age group, with age being such an important factor.

Women younger than 30 have a 40 per cent chance of having a baby using IVF but for women over the age of 44, the live birthrate is just 0.8 per cent for a fresh cycle and 7.8 per cent for frozen embryos.

The site includes success rates for 2017 and 2018 but later this year will be updated with 2019 data.

From 2022 it will be publishing the clinical pregnancy rates for 2021 and will be updated every six months.

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SOURCE: Queensland Times 12 Feb 2021

Australias best performing IVF clinics revealed

by Sue Dunlevy and Jane Hansen

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