CARE Fertility Manchester - IVF & ICSI results and success rates

Understand Results & Success Rates

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) publish success rates for every licensed clinic in the UK every quarter of the year. They present the number of treatment cycles carried out in a particular year, as well as the number of clinical pregnancies and live births.

Please bear in mind that success rates have their limitations when used to compare your own experiences or personal choices. Various things can affect your success rates, such as:

We always provide you with the most up to date and transparent information, which you can also find on the HFEA website.

We understand that the results tables and statements made by clinics can be confusing, particularly if you are just setting out on your IVF journey. The two main measures of an IVF clinic's success rate, as recommended on the HFEA website, are how likely a treatment cycle will lead to a clinical pregnancy, and how likely each embryo that is transferred during treatment will lead to a clinical pregnancy. An IVF clinic that can achieve a pregnancy with just one good quality embryo is better than one where they have to use two, therefore the success rates per embryo transferred are a better indicator of the quality and selection of embryos. When a pregnancy is achieved with the transfer of a single embryo, this reduces the risk of a multiple pregnancy which is safer for the mother and the baby.

CARE will consider all enquiring patients without judgement of circumstance or medical complexity as we believe everyone should have the chance to be heard and advised. We often treat medically complex patients that other clinics have referred to us, as they do not have the expertise. Treating such complicated fertility cases may affect our overall success results. That's why we highly recommend that you meet with our consultants to gain an accurate understanding on your very best chance of success. Feel free to get in touch for more information.

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Terminology

Clinical Pregnancy (CP): An ultrasound scan has successfully found at least one foetal heartbeat. This is at around 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Treatment Cycle: A treatment cycle starts when a woman begins taking fertility drugs to stimulate egg production.

Fresh Transfer: The eggs collected are mixed with fresh sperm to produce embryos. Embryos are then incubated in the laboratory for up to five days and then the best embryo(s) are transferred back to the patient.

Frozen Embryo Transfer: After the eggs and sperm are mixed to produce embryos, embryos not selected for a fresh transfer can be frozen for future use. The embryos are thawed and transferred to the patient when the patient is ready for further treatment.

Per cycle started: Number of treatment cycles that have resulted in a clinical pregnancy or live birth shown as a percentage. This will also include any cycles which may have been cancelled before the egg collection or embryo transfer stage.

Per embryo transferred: Number of embryos transferred resulting in a pregnancy or live birth shown as a percentage. It takes into account how many embryos have been transferred in a cycle. These success rates can appear lower than 'per cycle' because two embryos can be transferred in some cycles.

Fresh Treatment Cycles using patients own eggs

Clinical Pregnancy Result
Treatment using own eggs - Fresh IVF & ICSI cycles
Age No. of treatment cycles started CP % per cycle started National HFEA average No. of embryos transferred CP % per embryo transferred National HFEA average
< 35 508 45.1% 38.3% 586 39.1% 31.7%
35 - 37 224 34.8% 33.2% 282 27.7% 25.1%
38 - 39 155 29.7% 26.2% 209 22.0% 18.5%
40 - 42 138 15.9% 17.9% 221 10.0% 11.2%
43 - 44 34 5.9% 8.5% 43 4.7% 5.3%
> 44 6 0.0% 2.3% 6 0.0% 1.8%
Live Birth Results
Treatment using own eggs - Fresh IVF & ICSI cycles
Age No. of treatment cycles started LB % per cycle started National HFEA average No. of embryos transferred LB % per embryo transferred National HFEA average
< 35 598 38.6% 33.8% 773 29.9% 27.0%
35 - 37 303 34.3% 29.8% 433 24.0% 21.9%
38 - 39 199 22.1% 21.9% 296 14.9% 15.0%
40 - 42 187 12.8% 13.9% 303 7.9% 8.4%
43 - 44 35 5.7% 4.9% 45 4.4% 3.1%
> 44 17 0.0% 1.2% 17 0.0% 0.9%

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Frozen Treatment Cycles using patients own eggs

The age bands in the tables below represent the age of the patient at the time of embryo transfer and not the age when the embryo was created.

Clinical Pregnancy Results
Treatment using own eggs - Frozen Embryo cycles
Age No. of treatment cycles started CP % per cycle started National HFEA average No. of embryos transferred CP % per embryo transferred National HFEA average
< 35 234 44.0% 35.6% 270 38.1% 26.5%
35 - 37 108 33.3% 34.0% 117 30.8% 25.6%
38 - 39 73 32.9% 27.5% 75 32.0% 20.4%
40 - 42 44 50.0% 26.4% 54 40.7% 18.3%
43 - 44 8 37.5% 19.8% 11 27.3% 12.5%
> 44 1 0.0% 17.5% 3 0.0% 11.2%
Live Birth Results
Treatment using own eggs - Frozen Embryo cycles
Age No. of treatment cycles started LB % per cycle started National HFEA average No. of embryos transferred LB % per embryo transferred National HFEA average
< 35 208 27.4% 29.6% 247 23.1% 21.1%
35 - 37 104 19.2% 26.0% 120 16.7% 19.1%
38 - 39 60 25.0% 24.4% 70 21.4% 17.8%
40 - 42 42 21.4% 18.9% 53 17.0% 13.0%
43 - 44 8 12.5% 10.2% 13 7.7% 7.3%
> 44 2 50.0% 12.6% 3 33.3% 8.4%

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Treatment Cycles using donated eggs

Clinical Pregnancy Results
Treatment using donor eggs - All ages
All Ages No. of treatment cycles started CP % per cycle started National HFEA average No. of embryos transferred CP % per embryo transferred National HFEA average
Fresh IVF & ICSI cycles 243 42.8% 40.3% 315 33.0% 30.2%
Frozen embryo cycles 119 33.6% 32.6% 140 28.6% 25.2%
Live Birth Results
Treatment using donor eggs - All ages
All Ages No. of treatment cycles started LB % per cycle started National HFEA average No. of embryos transferred LB % per embryo transferred National HFEA average
Fresh IVF & ICSI cycles 215 40.9% 38.8% 302 29.1% 27.6%
Frozen embryo cycles 106 25.5% 25.3% 132 20.5% 19.1%

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For details of national HFEA results click here.

If you have any questions about results, please contact us - you can call your local CARE clinic and they'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

To read the HFEA's advice on success rates click here http://www.hfea.gov.uk/fertility-clinics-success-rates.html