Success at The Fertility Institute of New Orleans
Louisiana’s first fertility clinic
We are proud of The Fertility Institute of New Orleans’ (FINO’s) record of success, and the role we’ve played in developing reproductive medicine to help create more than 19,000 pregnancies through fertility treatments since we were founded in 1976.
For this reason, and many more, we don’t measure our success just in “numbers.” Instead, we take pride in the families and relationships we build, and in the research and cutting-edge fertility medicine we’ve pioneered.
Evaluating IVF success rates
Our primary goal is to help every patient build a family in the way that is best for them. Because of this, we do not push individuals into any specific treatment plan, and happily take on more challenging cases even though these might affect our in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates. We do this because we believe everyone deserves a chance at a family, and we know that the path to parenthood can take many routes.
However, a fertility practice’s IVF success rates are often a key indicator prospective patients use to evaluate a clinic, as IVF is the main type of assisted reproductive technology used. IVF success rates are reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). The CDC issues a Fertility Clinic Success Rates Report and SART issues its Clinic Summary Report for each of its fertility clinic members.
SART IVF success rates
SART’s reporting helps create data transparency for member clinics. SART oversees member fertility clinics and helps ensure standards for quality, safety and patient care across all assisted reproductive technologies. Choosing a fertility team that reports to SART is one of the first decisions a prospective parent can make.
However, SART recommends that patients thoroughly examine these statistics and not use them as the sole resource in comparing the quality of clinics:
“A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches, and entry criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic”
For example, a clinic with excellent rates may in fact be turning away those with a lower chance of success or moving all their patients directly to IVF without exploring other options. Alternatively, a small clinic could have seemingly good numbers but not have enough cases for those figures to be statistically significant.
The Fertility Institute’s rates of IVF success
Understanding SART’s terms for success rates in IVF
- Cycle: The start of medications with the intent to proceed with IVF.
- Live birth rate: The percentage of patients who delivered a baby or babies as a result of IVF.
- Fresh embryo transfer: Placing one or more fresh (not frozen) embryos into a woman’s uterus during IVF.
- Frozen embryo transfer: Placing one or more frozen embryos into a woman’s uterus during IVF.
- Ongoing pregnancy rate: The percentage of patients with an ongoing pregnancy 12 weeks after embryo transfer.
- Pregnancy: Clinical or ongoing pregnancy is defined as evidence of pregnancy by ultrasound visualization of a gestational sac.
- Preliminary outcomes: This data is preliminary because clinics are still reporting numbers for the designated calendar year.