Why WRM?

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IVF success rates.
See how WRM compares.

We believe the outstanding success rates we've been able to achieve are due to a combination of factors: Dr. Bennett's knowledge and expertise, the continuity of care you experience with a single doctor, greater attention to detail and accessibility, a less stressful environment and a state-of-the-art embryology laboratory.

Guidelines for evaluating clinic success rates

In an apples-to-apples comparison, it is our belief that WRM's numbers are among the best anywhere. However, success rates should not be the only measure you use to evaluate a practice, as percentages and perceptions can be skewed by a number of factors. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when reviewing this data:

1. CDC and SART results only evaluate IVF success. They do not reflect live births

resulting from other infertility therapies and therefore do not provide a truly comprehensive picture of a practice. IVF is an advanced treatment and will not be necessary for all or even most couples. It does, however, have the highest rates
of success.

2. Results will be at least a year or two out of date. Because of the 9-month

pregnancy cycle, reporting all live births from procedures done in a given year will take until at least September of the next year. Add to that the time-consuming process of compiling, submitting and verifying data and there is an even greater lag. Of the two organizations compiling IVF statistics, SART has more recent data, while the CDC has more comprehensive data (including clinics not reporting to SART).

3. Results are categorized by age. Because the chances of having a child drop

considerably after age 35 and continue to fall with each passing year, results  are broken down into the following categories: Under 35, 35-37, 38-40, 41-42.

4. Some results are expressed as fractions instead of percentages.

Statistics for smaller practices with a lower volume of patients, like WRM, are expressed as fractions. This is done to avoid misleading information. To give an extreme example, if a practice only performed one procedure and it was successful, their success rate would be 100%. While accurate, this would not be a reliable predictor of their future success. 1/1 gives a more accurate picture of their IVF experience.

5. A comparison of clinic success rates may not be
meaningful due to certain factors:

A. Patient medical characteristics. As a unique individual, you may have

factors in your medical history that set you apart. Therefore, a clinic's statistics for people your age, or people receiving the same treatment as you, may be misleading.

B. Clinic cancellation policy. To maintain a high success rate of live births

from embryo transfers, some clinics have a policy of cancelling cycles (before transfer) if they think the possibility of a pregnancy is too low. At WRM, we have no such guidelines and make these decisions with the patient. For example, we may go through with a cycle even if the odds are low…if it happens to be the patient's only chance.

C. Entrance criteria for ART. In order to preserve their success rates, some

clinics will exclude (or wait list) patients who would appear to have a slimmer chance of having a baby. WRM does not turn any patients away due to their medical history or other "negative" factors.


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