IVF success rates online30th September 2009
Regulator, the HFEA, has launched a new website designed to provide patients with detailed information on every IVF clinic in the UK.
It says the move is important because success rates between clinics are now almost indistinguishable, meaning patients should look at other factors such as waiting times or multiple birth rates to help with their choice.
The predicted chance of a fertility clinic delivering a baby, based on key factors, will also be given though data on mix-ups and cost will not be published.
The website called Choose a Fertility Clinic will allow would-be patients to examine details of the diagnosis, age and length of infertility of those typically treated at the clinic.
Statistics will also take into account the size of a clinic and the site will also highlight which clinics offer specialist services such as pre-genetic diagnosis (PGD).
HFEA chair Professor Lisa Jardine said: “Every patient is different and most clinics have live births around the national average. These factors make it even more important for patients to see in detail what each clinic has to offer.
"Fertility treatment is big business in the UK. People can spend thousands of pounds in the hope of having a baby.
"It is only right that they have as much information as possible to help them make a choice about where they go for their treatment."
Clare Lewis Jones of the Infertility Network said patients should use the site to help find a clinic that me their specific treatment needs.
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Wednesday 30th September 2009 @ 23:35
Since when have success rates been indistinguishable??? Look at past league tables and one clinic was always way out in front. It is also incorrect to suggest the old stats did not take clinic size into account. They always showed the number of cycles started, an obvious indicator of the size of the unit. If the HFEA wants patients to have 'as much information as possible' why no data on costs and mix-ups???
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