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Understanding IVF Success Rates

Key Points:
  • IVF treatment can be one of the most successful forms of infertility treatment.
  • Many people utilize IVF for a variety of different reasons.
  • The gestational surrogacy process also utilizes IVF to create a baby for intended parents.
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Surrogacy professionals can give you a lot of helpful information about IVF, its success rates, and how it’s used in surrogacy. In the meantime, read more about IVF and how it’s helped many families grow in this guide.

IVF Success Rates

IVF success rates are updated yearly. Below, we’ve included success rates from 2019 and 2020. Take note that 2020’s data is:

  • Preliminary
  • Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

IVF Success Rates from 2019

The National Summary Report offers many statistics about IVF success rates in 2019.

The following success rates indicate the percentage of live births per intended egg retrieval (all embryo transfers) for a “singleton” live birth using the patient’s eggs:

  • 51% for women younger than 35 years old
  • 38.3% for women 35-37
  • 25.1% for women 38-40
  • 12.7% for women 41-42
  • 4.1% for women 42 and older

IVF Success Rates from 2020

The CDC recently shared its preliminary IVF statistics from 2020, and the blog Fertility Space interpreted them. These initial numbers represent national IVF success rates for every IVF cycle that resulted in the birth of a single child:

  • 47.2% for women younger than 35 years old
  • 34.6% for women 35-37
  • 22.1% for women 38-40
  • 7.2% for women 40 and older

What Effects IVF Success Rates?

Although there are some things you can’t change, there are several factors you can influence when trying IVF.

Consider the following things – all of which affect IVF effectiveness – before you start treatment:

  • A woman’s age is a major factor in the effectiveness of IVF (younger women tend to experience more success)
  • As IVF techniques improve and doctors learn more about the procedure, the treatment becomes more effective
  • IVF success rates climb with increased egg transfers
  • Smoking decreases the effectiveness of IVF
  • Patients are also advised to avoid alcohol, marijuana, and unhealthy foods, reduce stress and get eight hours of sleep to encourage an effective IVF cycle

IVF and Surrogacy [How They Go Hand-in-Hand]

Although many couples try IVF within their partnership to conceive, IVF is also used to create a baby in gestational surrogacy. In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate mother carries a baby for the intended parents and is unrelated to the baby.


Surrogacy can be one of the quickest family building alternatives with match times starting at an average of 30-90 days.

Infertility Grief

It’s common for people to feel grief after choosing to stop IVF. If you determine it’s time to try other family-building options, give yourself time to work through your emotions and know that this is not your fault.

Before pursuing surrogacy, make sure you and your partner are on the same page and ready to take other paths to parenthood.

Common Surrogacy Steps

All intended parents go through the following steps on their surrogacy journeys:

Benefits of Working with a Surrogacy Agency

Although you could choose to work independently and find a surrogate on your own, a surrogacy agency can provide many additional benefits. These perks include:

Starting Your IVF Journey

Using IVF as an infertility treatment option is valid and viable, but costs can add up. This is especially true if you and your partner try multiple IVF rounds.

Contact us today to learn how IVF and surrogacy can help you and your partner start your family.

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