Infertility can be a roller coaster ride to many couples with high hopes of pregnancy confirmations and ground realities of negative pregnancy tests. When so much money and emotions are at stake, it is worth asking What are my chances of success? The good news is that IVF is one of the most commonly used infertility treatment and is generally successful, especially if you are young woman or in case you are elderly woman using an egg donor. There are few elite fertility clinics in New Delhi, India, which provide highest success rate. Generally the success rate for an IVF process is better with egg donor IVF program.
Your chance of IVF success will depends on many factors including your age, semen analysis of male partner, root cause of infertility, whether an egg donor is used or not, and clinical expertise of fertility specialist and embryologist.
According to the data collected for 2007, these are the IVF success rates nationally, when using non-donor eggs:
- For women younger than 35, the percentage of live births per cycle is 39.6%.
- For women ages 35 to 37, the percentage of live births per cycle is 30.5%.
- For women ages 38 to 40, the percentage of live births per cycle is 20.9%.
- For women ages 41 to 42, the percentage of live births per cycle is 11.5%.
- For women ages 43, the percentage of live births per cycle is 6.2%.
- After age 44, little more than 1% of IVF cycles with non-donor eggs lead to live birth.
The above figures clearly indicate that IVF success goes down significantly after age 40. For this reason, most women who are 40 years old or above are recommended to use an egg donor.
Beside individual fertility factors, it is advisable to research about the success rate of individual clinics and consider few factors.
For example, a clinic with excellent rates may be turning away couples who have a lower chance of success (higher age group couples). They might be transferring a higher number of embryos per treatment cycle, which is again risky or it is also possible that a very small client base can show abnormally high success rates.
Also, make sure you are comparing their live birth rates, and not just their pregnancy rates. Pregnancy success is going to be higher than the live birth rate, since it does not account for miscarriage and stillbirth.
To sum up, being optimistic and positive toward IVF process is important but at the same time set realistic expectations after discussing your individual case with your fertility expert.