If you’re considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help you get pregnant, predicting your IVF success can help you make some tough decisions in a shorter time. IVF can cost some $12,000 to $15,ooo a cycle, not to mention a significant emotional and physical investment. All that can add up to a lot in both your life and your finances, especially if you might need more than one cycle to succeed. A reliable prediction of your IVF success rate can save you time and cost in researching whether IVF is right for you and if so, which IVF package to purchase.
Like many smart fertility patients, you may start researching your chances of IVF success by turning to well-known statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART). SART, for example, gathers data from its member clinics, from which it provides national average IVF success rates for women in different age ranges.
But many factors—not just age--can affect your chances of IVF success, and you may turn out to have a very different IVF success rate than the national average or a particular clinic’s average for women your age. A 38 year old has a nearly 22% average chance of having a baby with IVF, according to 2011 national SART data, the latest available as of this blog’s publication. But your chances may differ. Why? For one, every woman’s ovaries age at a different pace, despite their chronological age. And your IVF chances are affected by multiple factors, including your ovarian reserve tests, reproductive history (e.g. the number of pregnancies, miscarriages, etc.), height, weight (BMI), clinical diagnoses, and your male partner’s age and sperm count.
For a more accurate prediction of your personal IVF success rate, you can now turn to personalized IVF prediction tests that take into account these multiple fertility factors from your specific medical profile and that of your male partner. Based on research conducted at Stanford University and with leading fertility clinics, for example, Univfy offers UnivfyPreIVF, an IVF prediction test for women who are considering their first IVF, and UnivfyPredictIVF, an IVF prediction test for women who have had at least one unsuccessful IVF and want to know their chances with another IVF cycle. UnivfyPredictIVF uses additional information from the previous IVF, such as embryo quality, amount of hormonal drugs used, endometrial thickness, and infertility diagnosis,to pinpoint better your chances in the next IVF cycle.
Once you know your IVF success rate, it may also be easier to choose the IVF package that’s right for you. Many clinics offer multicycle packages (say, three cycles) for less than what you would pay for each cycle separately. If your IVF success rate is high, it would make more sense for you to buy a single cycle, rather than a multicycle plan. The free online Univfy IVF Cost Calculator can help you make a decision on which IVF plan is best for you based on your chances of IVF success. (For your chances of IVF success, you have a choice of entering your Univfy IVF Prediction Test result, your doctor’s assessment, or the average national success rate for your age range.)
When considering your chances of IVF success, it’s useful to keep these numbers in mind: Even a young and fertile couple has just a 15% to 20% chance to conceive naturally in any one month. Although the majority of women may be told that they have per-cycle IVF success rates of 20% to 35%, in our research, we have found that if Univfy tests were used, more than half of the women would have been told that they had higher chances of IVF success than estimated by age. If you are on the fence about whether to start IVF now or to do another IVF, knowing your chances of IVF success may help you make this tough decision. Or, if you are planning to delay starting your IVF, learning about your personal IVF success probability can also help to confirm whether that’s a good idea. If your IVF success probability is already low today, then waiting longer can only worsen your chances of success.
When you see your doctor, you can ask whether you are like the “average” patient according to the national data. If not, ask what factors might make you different from the average patient and how might that affect your chances. If you have taken an online prediction test, bring the test report to your doctor. Whether your doctor agrees with the test report or not, the report can help you think of better questions to ask, so that you can choose the best family building options for you now, rather than later.
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