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American Clinic Release
« on: 12/02/07, 21:40 »
I read this today and thought it appropriate to this board......

Shady Grove Fertility Reduces Complicated Multiple Pregnancy Resulting From In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to Less Than Half the National Average
ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 12

Shady Grove - Fertility Reproductive Science Center, the nation's largest fertility and IVF practice, located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, has reduced the occurrence of the riskiest multiple pregnancies, triplets or more, to 1.6% in women under 35, which is less than half the national average.

According the latest and recently released data in the 2005 Assisted Reproductive Technologies National Outcomes Report (table below), in that
same age group, Shady Grove Fertility's pregnancy rates were statistically significantly higher than the national averages despite a low number of embryos transferred per cycle and the reduced number of high-order multiple births. More than 85% of the IVF centers in the U.S. report their annual results, in uniform format, to the Society for Assisted ReproductiveTechnology (SART). This report can be viewed online at http://www.SART.org.

                            2005 IVF Outcome Data
            (women < 35 using their own eggs in fresh IVF Cycles)

                                              Shady Grove       National
    Clinical Results                        Fertility Center    Average

    Total IVF Cycles Initiated                    1186            108
    Live Birth Per Embryo Transfer          47.5%          43.3%
    Embryo Implantation Rate                 34.7%            29%
    Triplets pregnancies or more               1.6%           4.3%
    IVF Cycles with eSET*                          4.8%           2.1%

       * eSET = elective Single Embryo Transfer

Since 2002, the physicians and embryologists at Shady Grove Fertility have been working towards reducing the number twins and triplets pregnancies resulting from Assisted Reproductive Technology treatment. They accomplished their goals by reducing the average number of embryos being placed back in the woman's uterus and through an initiative termed elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET). "The success of this initiative is primarily related to the high likelihood that any one embryo will implant, thus allowing us to reduce the number of embryos transferred in an IVF cycle without compromising pregnancy rates," states Robert J. Stillman, Medical Director at Shady Grove Fertility Centers.

Multiple births, and especially triplets or higher, have long been considered a complication of IVF treatment due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications and complications to the offspring, mainly from prematurity. In an IVF setting, the potential of producing multiple gestations is significantly reduced when fewer embryos are put back into the patient's uterus. But, for couples whose hopes and dreams are riding on the outcome of the cycle, convincing them their pregnancy rate won't decrease as a result can be challenging. Shady Grove Fertility has accepted that challenge on behalf of its patients and the safety and well being of their offspring. Besides the clinical and laboratory expertise, this goal is enhanced by maintaining detailed data on every one of the over 3,200 IVF treatment cycles performed at Shady Grove Fertility on an annual basis. This data is continually reviewed, analyzed, and used to improve clinical out comes. The information is also presented to patients so they can feel confident that they won't compromise their chances for pregnancy by reducing the number of embryos they will place back into the uterus.

    Patients can access Shady Grove Fertility's comprehensive IVF success rates at http://www.shadygrovefertility.com. Other, clinic specific SART reports can be found online at http://www.sart.org. A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics and treatment approaches may vary from clinic to clinic.

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Robert J. Stillman, MD, FACOG

SOURCE Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center

Related links:
# http://www.shadygrovefertility.com
# http://www.sart.org


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