IVF Success Rates

RCC IVF Clinic Success Rates, Salt Lake City, UT

Our physicians and staff at RCC provide personal, individualized care for each couple. Through our comprehensive evaluation and treatment of each couple, many of our patients conceive without IVF through lifestyle changes, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI), or reproductive surgery without the need for IVF. When IVF is required Reproductive Care Center delivers success rates above the national averages.

RCC IVF Success Rates
94% of Patients Who Completed the RCC 100% Money Back Guarantee Refund Program Delivered a Live Baby

Data 2006-June 2013

Patient Category Total #of Couples Total # of Couples Completed # Delivered for Couples Completed % Delivered for Couples Completed
Excellent 70 65 62 96%
Good 89 83 80 96%
Fair 43 40 36 90%
Poor 10 9 9 100%
Very Poor 5 4 2 50%
Total 217 201 189 94%
*Results from patients that have completed (delivered or completed 4 fresh cycles with all the associated frozen embryo transfers) our 100% Money Back Guaranteed Refund program (2006-June 2013). Some patients stopped (unexpected poor stimulation, poor egg quality, moved to another area, or stopped for personal reasons) before completing all 4 fresh treatment cycles.

Delivered Pregnancy Rates for Couples Who have Completed our Multiple Cycle Discount Package

Data 2009-June 2013

# of Cycles Purchased Total # of Couples Completed # Delivered for Couples Completed % Delivered for Couples Completed
2 59 42 71%
3 21 17 81%
4 15 12 80%
Total 95 71 75%

Many patients with a high premium (lower estimate pregnancy rates) for the guaranteed refund program chose to participate in our multiple cycle discount program instead. This would be equivalent to the fair category patient.

Summary of RCC Fresh IVF Success Rates from 1998 – 2011

Fresh Embryos – Data by Age <35 35-37 38-40 41-42 >42
Number of Cycles Started 1809 412 273 82 15
Percentage of Cycles Resulting in Pregnancies 49% 40% 31% 15% 20%
Number of Cycles Resulting in Pregnancies 895 163 86 12 3
Percentage of Cycles Resulting in Live Births 45% 35% 24% 10% 20%
Number of Cycles Resulting in Live Births 814 143 66 8 3
Percentage of Retrievals Resulting in Live Births 48% 40% 27% 14% 20%
Number of Retrievals 1706 358 244 58 13
Percentage of Transfers Resulting in Live Births 50% 42% 28% 15% 20%
Number of Transfers 1620 339 232 53 13
Percentage of Cancellations 6% 13% 14% 16% 13%
Number of Cycles Cancelled 103 54 37 13 2
Average Number of Embryos Transferred 2.2 2.5 2.7 3.4 2.3
Percentage of Pregnancies with Twins 34% 25% 25% 50% 0
Percentage of Pregnancies with Triplets or More 2% 4% 5% 0 0
Percentage of Live Births having Multiple Infants 11% 5% 3% 50% 0

RCC Pregnancy Rates (Sac Seen on Ultrasound after Embryo Transfer) for January – February 2012. Complete Data is Currently being Collected for Submission to SART and the
CDC in November of 2013.

Age <35 35-37 38-40 41-42
All Protocols 53% (114/216) 43% (19/44) 50% (19/38) 38% (5/13

Summary of Frozen Embryo Pregnancy Rates from 1998-2011

Frozen Embryo - Data by Age <35 35-37 38-40 41-42
Number of Transfers 528 122 70 28
Percentage of Transfers Resulting in Live Births 31% 25% 21% 7%
Number of Transfers Resulting in Live Births 165 30 15 2
Average Number of Embryos Transferred 2.3 2.7 2.6 2.8

RCC IVF Success Rates after Biopsy and PGD Testing 2009–February 2012

# of Fresh IVF Cycles with Embryo Biopsy # of Embryo Transfers # with no Embryo Transfer # with + HCG Test after Embryo Transfer # with Fetal Heart Motion after Embryo Transfer
56 41 15 71% (29/41) 56% (23/41)

Summary of RCC Donor Egg Pregnancy Success Rates from 2005-2011

Donor Eggs (Started in 2005) 2005-2011
Number of Fresh Embryo Transfers 106
Number of Live Births 54
Percentage of Fresh Transfers Resulting in Live Births 51%
Average Number of Fresh Embryos Transferred 2.1
Number of Frozen Embryo Transfers 29
Number of Live Births after Frozen Embryo Transfer 11
Percentage of Frozen Transfers Resulting in Live Births 38%
Average Number of Frozen Embryos Transferred 2.3

When deciding if IVF is the best option, we recommend that couples obtain thorough fertility testing (usually covered by insurance) that will help estimate an individual couple’s chance for conception with IVF. By completing the testing prior to proceeding with therapy, the couple can then make a more informed decision about whether to proceed and the best financial package to choose for their individual situation.

In addition, the couple is better prepared to make an informed decision about the number of embryos to transfer. For example, a couple with a 5% chance for conception may be willing to transfer three embryos since the likelihood for triplets would be very low while a couple with a 60% chance of conception may consider an elective single embryo transfer.

Historical factors that affect pregnancy rates that are not easily identifiable in the summarized IVF success rates data tables from the CDC include, among others, smoking, weight (BMI), uterine fibroids, hydrosalpinx (blocked and dilated fallopian tubes), number of prior miscarriages, use of embryo biopsy with genetic testing of the embryo, radiation therapy to the pelvis, thin endometrial lining, history of DES exposure, number of good embryos transferred at IVF, and number of prior IVF attempts. Test results that can significantly impact pregnancy rates include high FSH, low AMH, and low ovarian assessment report results.

RCC's Utah IVF clinic has the widest variety of financial options for IVF patients in the United States, including insurance billing, low stimulation single cycle, conventional stimulation single cycle, multiple cycle discount packages (two, three or four fresh IVF cycles), and 100% money back guarantee options that include up to 6 fresh and all associated frozen embryo transfer cycles. By carefully predicting the expected IVF pregnancy rate, a couple is able to estimate the cumulative chance of conception offered by the various programs.

For example, if a couple has an estimated 35% chance for conception with each fresh IVF cycle then they may want to consider a three or four cycle financial plan in order to achieve an expected cumulative chance of conception of greater than 70%. We recommend that couples purchase an IVF financial option that is estimated to achieve their desired likelihood of pregnancy rather than just considering a single IVF cycle option.

As an example, if 100 similar couples with an expected conception rate of 35% underwent IVF until they conceived or until they had completed six fresh IVF cycles the cumulative chance for conception is expected to be over 90% (even without taking into account the possible frozen embryo transfer treatment cycles). This assumes that the chance for conception stays the same for each cycle which may not be applicable for all patients.

IVF Cycle # # of Couples not
Pregnant Undergoing IVF
# of Pregnancies
Achieved in Cycle
# of
Cumulative Pregnancies
1 100 35 35
2 65 23 58
3 43 15 73
4 28 10 82
5 18 6 88
6 12 4 92

If a couple considering IVF wants to know the physician’s best estimate for their individual pregnancy rate per IVF cycle, the couple should ask what the IVF program would charge for a 100% money back guarantee. If a physician or practice does not offer a 100% money back guarantee program; why not?

  • Is it because the physician is not confident in their ability to predict the delivered pregnancy rate?
  • Is it because they are providing overly optimistic estimated pregnancy rates? 

It is easy for a program to provide overly optimistic pregnancy rates if there is no financial risk for the IVF program. It can be very misleading for programs to simply claim high pregnancy rates yet not provide the underlying information such as the number of cycles performed and the number of delivered pregnancies achieved for their claimed pregnancy rates.

The validity of this information is further questionable when the physician does not report pregnancy rates to the CDC as required by federal law. If a program is not providing their pregnancy rates to the CDC or SART, yet are claiming very high pregnancy rates on their Websites, it is worth asking for more detailed information and seeking independent verification.

When evaluating pregnancy rates, couples should also inquire regarding the IVF centers philosophy regarding cycle cancellation. Some programs have arbitrary rules that require a patient to cancel their IVF cycle because the expected conception rate is low or the number of follicles produced is low.

Our philosophy at RCC is to provide the couple with the best possible estimate of pregnancy rates (before starting and modified as indicated during treatment) and then help guide the couple in their decision making regarding whether to proceed (rather than forcing them to cancel so that it does not adversely affect the IVF center’s pregnancy rates).

While our practice of guiding the couple and allowing them to make the decision to proceed may sometimes result in lower average pregnancy rates per cycle, it provides for more patient autonomy and decision making in the process and may offer a chance for conception that would otherwise not be available.

For an additional perspective on the challenge of comparing pregnancy rates between centers see: http://www.givf.com/aboutgivf/library/success1.shtml
http://www.givf.com/aboutgivf/library/success2.shtml

Please call to make an appointment with one of our infertility specialists if you have questions about our reported IVF pregnancy rates or if you would like to determine your estimated chance for conception with IVF.

Free seminars about infertility are available every month at the Sandy Library that are sponsored by Reproductive Care Center. See our seminar listing Web page.

We currently have excellent pregnancy rates with low multiple rates (<20% chance for twin and <2-3% chance for triplets) for our IVF cycles.

Reproductive care Center (RCC) is committed to accurate and honest portrayal of success rates for IVF. The RCC infertility clinic is one of only two centers in Utah that is a member of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and reports its data to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) as required by federal law. As a member of SART, the data is subject to periodic review, verification and confirmation.

To learn how IVF success rates compare to tubal reversal please see our tubal reversal Web site.

Reproductive Care Center IVF Success Rates Statistics- SART Reports, 2007-2010