Interpreting IVF clinic success rates in context
There has been much talk in the media about IVF clinic success rates and the language used by clinics to express average results. We know that about 25 per cent of women or couples who commence a single IVF cycle will take home a baby. We know that the average couple who has an IVF baby requires more than one treatment cycle.
One of the reasons that IVF clinic success rates are so complicated to explain to individuals or couples is that the couple themselves may not be average.
Over the last few decades many thousands of people have been born as a result of donor sperm or eggs in Victoria. As they reach adulthood, some yearn to know more about their genetic origins and some donors want to know more about the people they helped conceive. Donor linking is the process by which donor-conceived people (DCP), parents of donor-conceived children and donors can access information about each other.
Life circumstances, including not having a partner, can prevent women from having children during their most fertile years.
This brochure provides an overview of the most common techniques involved with assisted reproductive technology (ART), including IVF, artificial insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This brochure is also available in Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese traditional and simplified.
People who have embryos in storage for use in assisted reproductive treatment often find it difficult to decide what to do with the embryos when they are no longer receiving treatment. The ‘What to do with your unused embryos?’ brochure outlines the available options.
This is an interactive decision tool for what to do with unused embryos to assist with decision-making for people who are having difficulty making their mind up. Decision tools are commonly used in other areas of health care to help patients resolve difficult choices around possible treatment options. Decision tools have not been used previously to assist with decision-making regarding unused embryos.
Fertility specialists are constantly looking for ways to improve your chance of getting pregnant through IVF or other assisted reproductive techniques (ART) to have a baby. In the last few years a number of so called ‘add-ons’, or ‘adjuvant’ therapies, have been offered by IVF clinics. They are procedures or medications which are added to IVF treatment to try to improve your chance of success.
In 1979, when Aaron* answered a call for volunteer research participants at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, he was surprised to find himself signing up to a sperm donation program. Now, more than 35 years later, Aaron has connected with two of his donor offspring and is seeking contact with others.
Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he had two donor daughters.
The news came as a surprise. Years earlier Carl had been informed that no children had been born from his donation. But the revised information, delivered in 2006, revealed that two girls were born in the late 1980s at another clinic, which had used sperm donated at the Queen Victoria.