Fertility success rates: HFEA Trends and Figures 2014

Last week (March 2016) the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) released their annual Fertility Trends and Figures Report for 2014. Because we know that fertility clinic success rates can be hard to interpret, we have looked at the HFEA 2014 figures and compared them to our most recent success rates and are delighted to be able to highlight and share these with you.

Clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer for patients receiving IVF/ICSI treatment with their own eggs

Age is a major factor in determining the success of a cycle of fertility treatment.  Fertility naturally declines with age, but we are very proud to report our success rates in 2015, for patients of all ages, is consistently higher than the national average figures reported by the HFEA.

For your convenience, we have outlined the HFEA 2014 results for all UK fertility clinics and our most recent results in the tables below.

Age HFEA  Trends and Figures 2014
Clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer
Herts & Essex Fertility 2015
Clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer
18 – 34 43.7% 49.7%
35 – 37 38.7% 46.9%
38 – 39 30.3% 39.7%
40 – 42 21.3% 27.1%
All ages 36.3% 42.2%

Clinical pregnancy rate per transfer following the transfer of a single blastocyst

Blastocysts are developmentally advanced embryos that have been cultured in the laboratory for five days following the insemination of a fertilised egg. The ability to transfer a single blastocyst with a high implantation rate increases the chance of a healthy singleton pregnancy and reduces the incidence of a multiple birth and its associated risks.

  • 58.8% of our patients having a single blastocyst transferred in 2015 achieved a clinical pregnancy.
Age HFEA Trends and Figures 2014
Clinical pregnancy rate per single blastocyst transfer
Herts & Essex 2015 Clinical pregnancy rate per single blastocyst transfer
18 – 34 50.7% 66.2%
35 – 37 47.4% 44.4%
38 – 39 40.9% 55.6%
All ages 48.5% 58.8%

Pregnancy rate per frozen embryo transfer all ages

On completion of a treatment cycle good quality blastocysts can be frozen and safely stored for use in the future.

Following the implementation of vitrification, a more successful rapid freezing technique, we are delighted to report for 2015 our blastocyst post thaw survival rates of 88.3% and an overall clinical pregnancy rate of 33.9%.  This is comparable with the HFEA’s new data which reports an overall clinical pregnancy rate per frozen embryo transfer of 30.5% in 2013 and 33.7% in 2014.

At Herts & Essex Fertility we run very successful egg donation and egg recipient programmes and the HFEA official data, published in March 2016, which compares results from all UK licensed fertility centres, highlights just how good we are.

Live birth rate per cycle started for egg donors

The newly-released HFEA figures for 2013, report a 38.1% live birth rate per cycle for egg donors. We are delighted to report that for the same year a live birth rate of 48% per cycle started was achieved for our egg donors, which is significantly above the published national average. We’ve continued our excellent results into 2014 with a 50% live birth rate per cycle started for our egg donors.

Live birth rate per cycle started for egg recipients

The HFEA reported a 35% live birth rate per cycle started for egg recipients in 2013. We’re proud to say in the same year we achieved an above average live birth rate for egg recipients of 39.8% and even prouder that our results are continuing to increase: in fact for 2014, 54.4% of our egg recipients achieved a live birth.

Number of cleavage and blastocyst stage transfers

In the recent report, the HFEA states that over the last six years, the proportion of embryo transfers conducted at the blastocyst stage has been increasing. Herts & Essex Fertility is a clinic with unrivalled experience of blastocyst transfers: we pioneered the use of blastocyst transfer and since the year 2000, we have performed more than 2200 blastocyst transfers.

This is reflected in the above average number of blastocyst transfers we perform: the HFEA reports that in 2014, 47.9% of embryo transfers performed in UK licensed centres were at the blastocyst stage – in the same year with us, 63.2% of embryo transfers were at the blastocyst stage.

Want to find out more?

If you have any questions about our success rates or if you would like more personalised statistics based on your own circumstances, please call us on 01992 78 50 75 and one of our embryology team will be happy to provide you with individual up-to-date statistics. You can also email any of your questions to enquiries@hertsandessexfertility.com and we can either email or call you back.

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