CDC Report Shows Success Rate of Strong's InVitro Fertility Program

February 10, 1999

Success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF) at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Memorial Hospital Infertility and IVF Center, for women over age 35, top the national average and surpass all other fertility clinics in upstate New York, according to a report of 1996 Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates issued this month by the Centers for Disease Control.

Nearly one in three in vitro fertility cycles in women up to age 39, at Strong in 1996, resulted in the birth of a baby.  A cycle is started when a woman begins taking fertility drugs or begins being monitored.

According to the CDC report, 21.3 percent of IVF cycles resulted in live births for women ages 35 to 39 who started treatment in 1996 at 300 clinics across the country.  At Strong, 31 percent resulted in the birth of a baby, making it nearly twice as successful as the second-highest upstate rate (16 percent) for a Buffalo-area clinic.

Strong’s success rate was 31.1 percent versus a national rate of 28.7 percent for women under age 35, and 20 percent at Strong versus 8.7 percent nationally for women over 39.

“Where we really shine is in the treatment of women who are 35 and older – the majority of women who seek fertility treatment,” said David Guzick, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  

“Some programs will not accept older women or those with certain diagnoses which may impact their ability to achieve pregnancy and deliver successfully.  Given that we accept the more complex cases, these results are a credit to the quality of our program and the expertise of our staff,” he said.

Percentages reported reflect the number of live births per 100 cycles of IVF treatment using a woman’s own eggs.  A cycle is started when a woman begins taking fertility drugs or begins being monitored.

Data on IVF success rates has been reported since 1990 by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and was mandated by the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992.  Last year, the CDC began compiling the report in conjunction with SART, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and RESOLVE, a national consumer organization that helps people considering treatment for infertility.

“For couples who turn to fertility treatments in the hopes of having babies, the report is a valuable tool to help them assess their options,” said Vivian Lewis, M.D., director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Strong.  “It offers information on success rates as they relate to various diagnoses that may contribute to infertility and provides comparative data for different age groups and IVF using a woman’s own eggs or donor eggs.  If a couple decides to use IVF, the report can help them make an informed decision and set realistic expectations.”

The CDC report is available on the Internet at www.cdc.gov.  It provides a national summary and individual results for each of the 300 clinics involved in the report.

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