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Since you’re visiting The Fertility Experts right now, you’re probably in the process of investigating your options for getting pregnant — and trying to determine which fertility clinic you should choose. You’re not alone in your search for the right fertility doctor and the best treatment protocol for your individual needs. About 15% of women of childbearing age in the United States have received an infertility service.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been used in the United States since 1981 to help women become pregnant, most commonly through the transfer of fertilized human eggs into a woman’s uterus. However, for many people, deciding whether to undergo this expensive and time-consuming treatment can be difficult
Since 1983, when the first infant was conceived from in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the United States, the use of IVF and related procedures has increased substantially. For many people who want to start a family, the dream of having a child is not easily realized.
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), an organization of ART providers affiliated with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)*, has been collecting data and publishing annual reports of pregnancy success rates for fertility clinics in the United States and Canada since 1989. In 1992, the U.S. Congress passed the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act. This law requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to publish pregnancy success rates for ART in fertility clinics in the United States.
Technological advances are allowing the majority of couples having difficulty achieving pregnancy to enjoy the joys of parenthood. So many couples are considering ART and trying to find the “best” clinic. Some couples want to compare results between fertility clinics.
A variety of factors outside a clinic’s control can affect a couple’s chances of obtaining a pregnancy and a live birth by using ART. The most significant of these factors include a woman’s age, and sperm abnormalities. Additional factors such as immunologic infertility, smoking (lifestyle issues), the diagnostic cause of infertility and the number of children that the woman may already have had, can also significantly impact the success rates. For this reason some clinics may refuse to accept certain complex cases or patients over a certain age.
Success rates can be reported in a variety of ways and statistics are not always simple to interpret. As a result, information about ART success rates is very complex. It is therefore difficult to directly compare one clinic’s success rate versus another. Florida Fertility Institute continues to be very successful in treating couples with a wide range of infertility problems. As a sampling of our testimonials shows, we are more than highly skilled technical experts in helping couples have healthy babies. Our entire team are partners that support you in achieving your goals. Contact us so we can discuss your specific medical situation and your potential for successfully using ART.