Getting Over All the Hurdles What Are Your Odds

IVF is a series of hurdles that you have to jump over to get what you really want — a baby. At every stage of treatment there's a chance that things may not go according to plan, and each time you make it over one of these hurdles another hurdle looms ahead. In this section I explain what you need to keep in mind when you read clinic statistics about IVF 'success rates' and take you through the 2006 National Perinatal Statistics Unit (NPSU) report, which is the most recent edition of this annual report at the time of writing. The NPSU report outlines the treatment results at each stage of IVF for all clinics in Australia and New Zealand.

The term success rate is used to indicate a couple's chance of having a baby with IVF. Sometimes you see this framed as 'successful couples' — which implies that those who don't have a baby after IVF are 'unsuccessful couples'. This terminology is one of my pet hates — there are no unsuccessful couples, only unsuccessful IVF treatments. If treatment doesn't work for you, you're not unsuccessful, just unlucky.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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