Infertility Success Rates Beg Better Clarification and Perspective

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its report on advanced reproductive technology (ART) success rates, it laid the groundwork for healthcare communicators to educate millions of women on how to best select fertility clinics. The report outlines the success rates of the 335 fertility clinics nationwide. While the report goes to great lengths to explain how the statistics are calculated and to position the information as an important starting point in selecting a clinic, it inevitably will cause consumer confusion. It is up to clinics and other healthcare providers to fill in the blanks with messages that educate women about how to interpret the report and what they can realistically expect from various fertility treatments.