Initial experience with a risk-sharing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer program with novel features

Jacques P. Stassart, Romaine B. Bayless, Colleen L. Casey, William R. Phipps

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Abstract

Objective: To describe outcomes of the first 100 consecutive infertility patients participating in a risk-sharing program with uncomplicated eligibility requirements. The program included the costs of FSH-containing gonadotropin preparations and provided a full payment refund if no birth occurred that resulted in a normal infant surviving to an age of 1 month. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Private IVF center. Patient(s): Infertility patients <35 years of age, considered to be good autologous oocyte IVF candidates at time of program enrollment. Intervention(s): Retrospective analysis of outcomes of fresh IVF-ET and frozen embryo transfer cycles involving conventional treatment protocols. Main Outcome Measure(s): Cumulative successful pregnancy rate. Result(s): Of the first 100 patients enrolled in the program, 82 have had a delivery of a normal infant surviving to an age of 1 month, and another 6 have undelivered ongoing pregnancies at 20+ weeks. Nine participants completed the program without completing a successful treatment cycle, and another three remain enrolled. Conclusion(s): Infertility patients <35 years of age participating in a risk-sharing program with uncomplicated eligibility requirements are very likely to have a successful pregnancy. Other centers may wish to incorporate some of the described program's features into their own risk-sharing IVF programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2192-2197
Number of pages6
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume95
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
J.P.S. has received research funding from and served as a consultant and speaker for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. R.B.B. has nothing to disclose. C.L.C. has nothing to disclose. W.R.P. has nothing to disclose.

Copyright:
Copyright 2011 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • IVF utilization
  • cumulative live-birth rate
  • risk-sharing IVF

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