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Strong Fertility Center’s Births Surpass National Average

Monday, February 03, 2003

Nearly half of the in vitro fertilization procedures started in 2000 for women under age 35 at Strong Fertility and Reproductive Science Center resulted in the birth a baby, according to the latest success rates published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At Strong in 2000, 46.5 percent of in vitro fertility cycles in women up to age 35 resulted in the birth of a baby. Nearly one in three (32.1 percent) cycles for women ages 35 to 37 resulted in a baby’s birth. A cycle is started when a woman begins taking fertility drugs or begins being monitored. In vitro fertilization involves fertilizing eggs in a laboratory and transplanting them in a woman’s uterus to achieve pregnancy.

 “Our results reflect our commitment to providing the highest level of care for patients who choose our program to help them achieve pregnancy,” says Vivian Lewis, M.D., director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Fertility and Reproductive Science Center. “Though individual patient circumstances make it difficult to measure one program against another, this report helps illustrate strengths that one might look for when deciding where to turn for help with infertility.”

The CDC’s annual Assisted Reproductive Technology Report compiles data from infertility clinics across the country to help educate and inform women and couples who consider seeking treatment for infertility problems.

Nationally, success rates were 32.8 percent for women under 35, and 26.7 percent for women 35 to 37. Results are based on women whose own eggs were used in the IVF procedure. A woman’s age is one of the most important factors in determining whether she will have a live birth using her own eggs, according to the CDC.

Because numbers tend to decline with non-donor eggs as women age, in many cases clinics recommend the use of donor eggs for women in their late 30s or older. Strong’s success rate for women ages 38 to 40 using their own eggs was 14.3, and for women over 41, four babies were born from 11 cycles started in 2000.

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.

The CDC report is available online at It provides a national summary and individual results for each of the 383 fertility clinics involved in the report. The CDC notes that comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics and treatment approaches vary from clinic to clinic.

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