Embryolab applies rules set and followed by international organisations both in Europe and in the US that regulate the operation of units of Assisted Reproductive Technology in terms of processing and publishing monthly live birth rates.
It is important to take account of the total number of cycles for every age group and every medical profile, regardless of their complexity. Embryolab does not just select easy cases in order to increase its success rate. Rather, we accept all cases, complicated or not, since every woman and every couple have the right to dream where there are scientifically established chances of success. Additionally, it is important to present not only positive pregnancy tests but also live births in the statistics.
The parameters that should be considered in the appraisal of statistical success rates are:
• The number of IVF cycles: the larger the sample the more representative and reliable the result is. The published rates also state the absolute numbers they refer to.
• The mean age of the women shows how selective a unit is regarding the cases it selects.
• The rate of pregnancies per age group (30-35, 35-40, 40-45, etc.,) as this more accurately classifies an interested party in relation to the overall mean
• The cancelation rate, which transparently shows the rate of cases that did not complete the treatment.
• Annual updating of statistics.
• The rate of positive pregnancy tests does not equal the actual birth rate, since some women with positive pregnancy tests have a miscarriage.
• The rate of multiple pregnancies is important as it reflects the numbers of embryos implanted and the units’ policy relating to the prevention of obstetric complications.
• Special categories of IVF must provide the birth rates and health details of new-borns – for pre-implant diagnostics, for example.
Honesty is rewarded, and when the success rates are reliably high, their value is significantly increased.