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Comparing the success rates of fertility clinics is not as simple as is sounds. Figures can be derived in a variety of ways, making like for like comparisons somewhat difficult.

A clinic's success rate can be determined by a number of factors including the type of patients treated, the type of treatment carried out, and the clinic’s treatment practices. A lower success rate doesn't necessarily mean an inferiority of treatment.

For example, a clinic may treat a high number of patients with complicated diagnoses and therefore a reduced probability of becoming pregnant. This will make their success rate low, irrespective of the quality of treatment provided.

This is why it's important to establish the facts behind a clinic's headline success rate. Try to find out what type of patients a clinic has treated, and the types of procedures performed. And remember if a clinic appears too good to be true, it probably is.

You should also pay close attention to data on multiple births. Multiple pregnancy is the greatest risk of fertility treatment to both mother and baby. It's therefore vital to look for clinics that have a high proportion of single births, as well as a good overall success rate.

When comparing the success rates of clinics, your focus should be on you and you alone. Pinpoint their record on treating women of your age, with your fertility problem, and with your proposed type of treatment. A clinic may well have a superb overall success rate but a poor record in treating patients with similar characteristics to you.

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