If you’re finding it’s taking longer than you expected to fall pregnant, and you’re thinking about consulting an IVF or fertility specialist, you’ll want to know about IVF success rates and how long it might take to get pregnant.
It’s important to understand exactly what’s behind IVF success statistics, so you can realistically compare procedures and IVF costs between fertility clinics.
These days in Australia, one child in every class of 30 is the result of some form of assisted conception of which IVF is the most common treatment. Australian’s also benefit from some of the safest and most effective IVF procedures in the world, along with the highest IVF success rates, based on single embryo transfer.
Choosing the right IVF specialist for you can seem daunting. You’ll find a lot of information on IVF websites and in fertility forums, but what it really comes down to is one simple question; can this clinic help you have a baby?
IVF clinics present their pregnancy and live birth data in many different ways. Some only publish small numbers from their most successful clinics, others only publish IVF statistics for younger patients or cumulative rates over multiple cycles. The only way to get a true indication of the likely success rate for you and your situation is to consult a fertility specialist. It is important to have a personal consultation where both partners medical history is assessed and recommendation developed.
The female partner’s age has the most significant impact on IVF treatment statistics. Typically, if you’re under 34 years of age your chance of pregnancy in the first IVF cycle (around 45%) will be much higher than if you’re over 40 (on average, less than 20%).
That’s why it’s so important to see a Fertility Specialist as soon as possible, and discuss the best IVF treatments for your situation.
Even if you don’t succeed on the first attempt, it’s worth persevering as your chance of success after multiple cycles (cumulative IVF success rates) are higher.
Most clinics will give you an average IVF success rate based on three treatment cycles or less. This creates a realistic expectation, and it could be as high as 85% if you’re under 35 years of age.
At your first appointment, your fertility specialist should give you an indication of your own personal chance of success with IVF.
This could vary anywhere from 5% to 50% for the first cycle, and depends on your age, your partner’s age, how long you’ve been trying to conceive, any previous fertility treatments, and any pre-existing medical conditions. If you’ve already conceived a child, even in another relationship, that’s a positive sign.
For more reassurance and to maximise your own IVF success rate, look for the following in your IVF clinic and Fertility Specialist:
Being proactive in seeking professional medical advice is a positive first step towards boosting your own chances of IVF treatment success.