Understanding the odds of success can influence your decision-making when it comes to fertility treatment. Learning what the most likely outcome could be for someone in your age group following the same course of fertility treatment may give you hope and strength to continue - or it may help you weigh the risks against the rewards. One thing to keep in mind is that fertility clinic success rates, while predictive, are not determinative. Meaning that they can tell you the odds but not predict whether you'll beat the odds. What fertility clinic success rates can tell you is how the data has trended in the recent past. Reproductive medicine is always evolving, however. Fertility doctors continue to make refinements in techniques and technologies all the time.
Those breakthroughs are not reflected immediately in the statistical data, which is compiled over time from tens of thousands of treatment outcomes at hundreds of different fertility clinics across the country. There are two major sources for information about U.S. fertility clinics and fertility treatment success rates: the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both SART and the CDC report annually. The SART annual report focuses specifically on fertility clinic success rates. The report looks at diagnoses, treatment types and success rates. The SART database provides additional, national data on individual clinics. The CDC's Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rates report provides the most comprehensive data on fertility clinics and fertility treatments in the nation. The CDC publishes the report every year, which provides a broad range of data related to assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles at U.S. fertility clinics. The CDC and SART data provide different insights into the success of specific treatments and the performance of specific clinics.