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Our success rates for 2010 are official! Please check out the link below from SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) to see all the latest statistics. We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish and we will continue our quest to be a leader in Reproductive Technology.

2010/2011 Success Rates

Honesty in Reporting IVF Pregnancy Rates:

At the SIU Fertility and IVF Center, we report our IVF pregnancy rates in accordance with guidelines established and published by The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). The majority of SART member programs in the US present their results in their websites according to these guidelines. Unfortunately, many programs do not report or are non-compliant with how they present their results to the public. SART requires that programs report their IVF outcomes by live births and by calendar year, and be clear about using cycles started, retrievals or transferred or present the full statistics as available in the SART website. Some programs report in a misleading way, often by reporting positive pregnancy tests, or clinical pregnancies only. For example, consider a program that had 100 patients undergo IVF in women who were ≤ 34 years of age. Example Program (NOT SIU Fertility and IVF Success Rates): Positive blood tests: 48 Clinical pregnancies: 40 Live births: 28 Cycle starts: 100 Cancelled cycles: 10 Number of retrievals: 90 Number of transfers: 85 What does this mean? Some programs might only report clinical pregnancies per transfer. They would calculate 40/85 or 47% and present that as their pregnancy rates. But the correct way is to report by live birth rate, which would be 28/100, or 28% per cycle start, or 28/85, or 32.9% live birth rate per embryo transfer. It is very easy for an IVF center to mislead the public by presenting themselves as having higher rates than they actually have. At the SIU Fertility and IVF Center the IVF data is presented in accordance with SART guidelines. We encourage patients to compare programs and use the information in order to make the best health choices they can make.