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IVF Success Rates In The UK 2019

If you’re considering IVF treatment you’ll want to make every effort count

IVF treatment can be financially expensive and emotionally taxing – it’s a good thing a beautiful baby of your own is such an incredible reward.

The availability of IVF treatment has vastly increased over the years; however, as this is such an emotionally taxing and expensive procedure, it is important to ensure you’re booked in with a clinic which suits your needs. If you’re considering IVF treatment in 2019 naturally you’ll want to know the best place for you to go, and ensure you make every effort count. You’ll need a clinic you trust and can feel comfortable in.

Clinic IVF success rates are sometimes the first port of call for many couples. However, it is very easy to get confused by what they mean or how you can use them to find the right clinic.

We think that this information should be more digestible for our readers, so we’ve put together a guide to help you easily understand the meaning of IVF success rates and make a more informed decision when choosing an IVF clinic…

What Are IVF Success Rates?

IVF clinics record how many treatments they carry out, as well as how many pregnancies or live births happen as a result. This percentage determines their IVF success rates.

What Is A Live Birth Rate?

Unfortunately, success with IVF is never guaranteed, even if you do become pregnant. IVF pregnancies (just like non-assisted conception), can result in miscarriage. This affects the live birth rate of a clinic, which is the percentage of births resulting from all IVF/ICSI cycles, excluding miscarriages and stillbirths.

Live birth rates can be presented in different ways. Some clinics may provide their rates as ‘live birth per IVF cycle’ or ‘live birth per embryo transferred’.

Why IVF Success Rates Can Be Misleading

When considering your options for IVF clinics, you should only use IVF success rates as an introductory signpost. Although most success rates are around the national average, there are many other factors which can affect a clinic’s performance.

IVF success rates are usually around the national average

The The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) actually warns against using a ‘league table’ approach when looking at clinic success rates because of these different factors. A clinic might have a slightly lower success rate than others, but may be better suited to your needs, so it’s important to consider all other aspects of an IVF clinic before making a decision.

Here are a few factors which may affect success rates:

  • The specific fertility of an individual woman has the biggest bearing on success, in most cases, with age being a considerable influence.
  • Different clinics use different treatment methods.
  • Diagnoses can differ between clinics depending on their approach. Some clinics specialise in complex cases, while others may not take on complex cases at all.
  • The amount of IVF cycles carried out by a clinic each year is likely not enough to reliably predict your chances of success with them.
  • The success rates published in each new report by the HFEA are a year or more in retrospect. This is due to the length of the following up and verification process which takes place with each patient. Therefore, the latest reported rates are usually around 18 months old, which may not reflect the current success rates of each clinic.
If you are interested in speaking to a private fertility consultant, please see our list of leading IVF clinics both within the UK and abroad. These carefully selected clinics can provide you with any and all information you may need in beginning your journey towards parenthood.

Clinics Offering Reproductive Immunology

Reproductive immunology is a theory which considers the role of the immune system in IVF success. If you’ve had failed IVF or recurrent miscarriage, a clinic may recommend looking into reproductive immunology to increase your chances of success.

The theory suggests that the body can reject a foetus due to immune cells within the body. If a clinic offers reproductive immunology and feels that your chances of success may improve with this type of treatment, then your clinician will begin by conducting comprehensive testing and analysis of the immune system. Depending on the diagnosis, you may then undergo immune therapy before attempting IVF or natural conception.

Other Important Things To Consider When Choosing A Clinic

Alongside success rates, Research the clinics you're interested inthere are plenty of other aspects to think about when selecting a clinic.

Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Location. Would you prefer a clinic in your local area, or would you mind travelling for appointments?
  • Treatments. Which treatments and services are available at the clinic, and do they suit your needs?
  • Specialists. Do you have a case which requires specialist knowledge?
  • Staff and atmosphere. Are the staff friendly, knowledgeable and professional? Is the clinic comfortable and clean?

In an ideal world, we would be able to travel to each clinic for an inspection before making a decision. However, with time and travel constraints, this may not be possible. Therefore you can refer to the HFEA’s inspection reports to find out more about each potential clinic.

Click HFEA“here to find out more about your potential clinic on the HFEA website.

How Can The HFEA Assist In Finding A Fertility Clinic?

The HFEA works independently on behalf of the Government to ensure high quality care in fertility clinics across the UK. They are also dedicated to providing free, clear and impartial information about fertility treatment to patients. They accomplish this by collecting data from licensed fertility clinics about the tens of thousands of treatment cycles they perform each year.

The HFEA has recently released an annual report surrounding trends and figures in fertility treatment in the UK. It covers IVF statistics, including information on egg-freezing, surrogacy and more.

To check your potential clinic’s report, search here.

HFEA also produces annual reports, which present information about patients, fertility treatments and trends in the UK. The 2014-2016 report is available below.

We hope you understand success rates a little more now. If you take anything away, we hope it’s the message not to simply take success rates at face value. After all, there’s a lot of factors to consider.

Research the clinics you are interested in, as ultimately it is you who will need to make the decision on where to embark on your journey. Best of luck!


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