Midland Fertility Services Announces New Success Rates On-Line

Issue Date: 9 June 2009

Midland Fertility Services (MFS) has announced improvements to some of its key success rates on the clinic’s new website which ‘goes live’ on Friday 12 June 2009.

Dr Gillian Lockwood launches the new MFS website
Dr Gillian Lockwood launches the new MFS website

In 2008 the Aldridge-based fertility clinic carried out 729 IVF and ICSI egg collections for 631 patients and celebrated the birth of 336 babies.

The data shows improvement in some of the MFS 2008 treatment outcomes compared to 2007, including:

  • a pregnancy rate per IVF embryo transfer of 43.6% for women less than 35 years old – an improvement of 9.4% on 2007
  • following IVF and ICSI treatment the pregnancy rate per embryo transfer for women less than 35 years old was 42.2% – compared to 39.0% for 2007, showing an increase of 3.2% over the previous year

In addition, the ‘live birth rate’1 for blastocyst transfers across all age groups for the two years 2006 to 2007 was 44.8%.  A blastocyst is a multi-celled embryo transferred to the woman’s uterus two or three days later than a standard IVF or ICSI embryo transfer.

The data also shows that MFS is performing well against the HFEA national average statistics2 for fertility treatment with a ‘live birth rate’1 for IVF and ICSI treatments in 2007 for women less than 35 years of 33.9%, compared to 29.0% (+4.9%) nationally, and of 29.4% for women of all ages, compared to the national figure of 23.1% (+6.3%).

“The improvements in success rates are a tribute to the skills of the whole team at MFS and their determination to help as many patients as possible realise their dreams of having a baby,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of MFS.

“Success rates can be a big influence on a patient’s choice of clinic and midlandfertility.com includes three sets of results to inform different potential patients.

“Headline success rates provide a ‘snap-shot’ of some of the most recent outcomes, while summary results show the results of key stages of treatment cycles that the majority of patients find most useful.  For those who are more familiar with statistics or who require more detailed information, extended results provide comprehensive data on all stages of each treatment.

“In addition, results are given for three age groups – up to age 35, between 36 and 39 and over 40 years old, as response to fertility treatment differs significantly between these groups.”

The website also clearly explains the language of the statistics, via a comprehensive glossary, so that any woman who is planning fertility treatment may feel fully informed about the possibility of success she may have from a particular treatment in her age group.

For more information on success rates and all services at MFS visit www.midlandfertility.com.


Editor Notes

1 the ‘live birth rate’ is the number of live births resulting from every 100 treatment cycles.  The birth of twins or triplets counts as one ‘live birth event’

2 statistics published by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).  Most recent published data is for 2006.

MFS was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to offer a range of fertility treatments and procedures including IVF, ICSI, egg donation, egg and embryo freezing and sperm recovery.  In May 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS.  In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen eggs’ fertility treatment at MFS, followed by the first ‘frozen egg’ boy in December 2005.  In April 2006 the clinic’s first twins were born following the mother’s treatment with Vi4gr4 as part of her fertility treatment at MFS.  In early 2008, the 4,000th baby was born after treatment at MFS and the clinic celebrated its 21st anniversary in June 2008.  Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.