Infertility is certainly something which past generations just put up with. However, these days, we are fortunate to have options and we are a generation who is comfortable with technology and we will use it, if need be. Couples, including same-sex couples and/or single women seek out Doctors who can support them to understand their fertility options with IVF becoming a very common treatment; 1 in 25 Australian births are now the result of IVF.
While South Australians have been in lock-down, Fertility SA have continued its dedicated mission to offer the right treatment for our patients, acknowledge that everyone has a different journey and that completely individualised treatment plans are the best way forward.
In this podcast episode, we speak with Fertility SA Medical Director and Fertility Specialist, Dr Bruno Radesic who says, “factors contributing to a successful IVF outcome include age, with the age of 35 being the most common – after this the quality of eggs start to decline and so the success rates start to decline as well.”
“The additional factors include weight (both women as well as men), lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol use and exercise all influence the quality of eggs and sperm.”
“Looking at success rates can be difficult and so we suggest the other way of looking at it is to look at the live birth rate per clinic, rather than pregnancy rate.”
In 2021 Fertility SA reported a 39.5% pregnancy rate.
Dr Bruno Radesic breaks down what this means within the following podcast episode:
Fertility SA IVF program
Michael Barry, Fertility SA Scientific Director and Affiliate Lecturer University of Adelaide says,
“At Fertility SA the average age of a person presenting to commence our IVF program is 34 years.”
“Therefore, it is pleasing to note the Fertility SA results report for under 35 years in 2021 highlights a 52.1% pregnancy rate. (Clinical. Preg. rate/ ET %) with a 46.2% clinical pregnancy rate for our vitrified embryo cycles.”
Fertility SA take pride in a steadfast commitment to complete transparency about success rates as the chances of having a healthy baby remain extremely individual, at any age. However, age, health, genetic factors and existing conditions affecting either or both partner’s fertility all play a significant role. We include all patient groups and update our records regularly.
Fertility SA IVF program support
Gideon Sinclair, Fertility SA CEO says,
“These success outcomes, provide the evidence that intelligent treatment choices, laboratory expertise and emotional support for families going through the IVF cycle produce results.”
“We know the time between an embryo transfer and pregnancy test can be stressful for our patients, and so our fertility nurses and counsellors are here to support our patients.“
With the commencement of FertilitySA’s inhouse Counsellor Brooke Calo, appointments can be made for face to face, phone or zoom.
The convenience of this emotional support provides reassurance to families and can be part of any decision making.
Brooke Calo is a passionate advocate in the area of Reproductive Health and Justice and is committed to ensuring people’s physical and emotional wellbeing in medical and clinical settings.
Our main clinic is conveniently located on the city fringe at level 9 /431 King William Street, Adelaide on the corner of South Terrace and near South Terrace tram stop.
Creating South Australian families
If you haven’t been successful in conceiving naturally, or you would simply like to find out about your fertility health before you start trying to conceive, we’re here to help.
Call Fertility SA on (08) 8100 2900 for your free nurse consultation, or to make an appointment with one of our specialist doctors.
The results published are reported to a central body called ANZARD (Assisted Reproductive Technology in Australia and New Zealand) where all accredited clinics provide their data. If you would like further information on interpreting pregnancy rates please refer to Fertility Society of Australia “How to choose an IVF clinic and understand success rates”.
According to the Department of Health there has been an increase in the occurrence of infertility in Australia over the past ten years. As many as one in seven couples will have difficulty getting pregnant, and the way they come about that statistic is looking at couples over 12 months. After 12 months it will be more like 15% that haven’t been conceived.
[Podcast Reference fertilitysa.com.au/2021/02/17/delayed-conception-infertility-on-rise/ ]
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