US clinics with high transparency had greater IVF success rates, new study reveals

Success rates for In Vitro Fertilisation(IVF) are higher at clinics that voluntarily share more information than required, according to new research

The University of Colorado School of Medicine reviewed data reported between 2014 and 2017 and found that clinics that reported more data than required by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDCP) achieved higher rates of pregnancy and birth.

Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology in the Division of Advanced Reproductive Medicine at Colorado University, Alex Polotsky, said, “It was stunning to see the difference.

“When you go to a clinic with high transparency, it means you are much more likely to have a healthy baby.”

The study was presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting on October 18 by Professor Polotsky and his colleagues.

The Colorado University team compared the outcomes at clinics that report the minimum data required by the CDCP and those clinics that share more information through a professional organisation, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

The review compared rates of pregnancy, live birth, good birth outcome, and cases when the IVF cycle is canceled

The cancellation rates were higher at the clinics meeting the higher transparency standards required by SART, indicating that the procedure moves forward when the likelihood for success is higher. SART posts national data and reports from member clinics on its website.

“Nobody had compared clinics that adhered to higher standards of transparency,” said Professor Polotsky, who is the medical director for CU Advanced Reproductive Medicine. “This shows that it is better for patients when clinics share more information that is easier to understand.”

To view the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Virtual Congress is https://asrmcongress.org/.

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