Does your head hurt when trying to compare various IVF unit success rates? Don't worry, you aren't alone. I've studied Biostatistics and even for me it can be confusing! The problem, at least in Australia, is that there is no standard measure by which units must publicly report their pregnancy rates. As such, you'll see all sorts of different measures used, ie biochemical pregnancy rate, clinical pregnancy rate, live birth rate, cumulative pregnancy rate, per cycle pregnancy rate etc etc. It's a bit disappointing as those trying to find the best IVF unit are left confused and none the wiser. A recent Australian study published success rates across Australia looking at pregnancy rates per cycle rather than per embryo transfer as is normally the case. This is important as an IVF unit's ability to develop Blastocyts in vitro and then successfully freeze and thaw them is what will minimise the number of stimulated cycles a women needs to go through. I continue to support the argument that IVF units in Australia must be ranked in some way based on their proficiency.
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