Is this tool just what we need to take some of the guesswork out of IVF decisions?
For so many reasons, IVF treatments can be incredibly tough on the women who undergo them. They're painful, expensive, and emotionally draining—especially because there's no guarantee IVF will work, and waiting on the results can be excruciating.
But what if you could predict your IVF success rate? There's a new calculator that can do just that. It's called Outcome Prediction in Subfertility, and it can give you a percentage score detailing your odds of conceiving via IVF.
The tool can be used by doctors or patients, and it essentially takes a few factors into account: The patient's age, how long she has been trying to get pregnant and whether or not she has a problem ovulating.
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen looked at data from U.K. women who had undergone IVF treatments, finding that rates of IVF success decline after age 30, and that chances of success increase with subsequent rounds of treatment. These findings were published in The BMJ. According to lead researcher David McLernon, PhD, these findings can help healthcare professionals set expectations with their patients.
But while the results of this calculator may be able to help gauge your odds of IVF success, the results are not absolute. "It is important to note that your predicted chances of having a baby calculated from the OPIS tool are not necessarily accurate. There are many other unmeasurable characteristics of patients which were not available when developing the tool that may improve or decrease your individual chance of having a baby," The University of Aberdeen wrote on the school's web site.
Interested in knowing a bit more about your odds of getting pregnant via IVF? You can plug your information into this calculator to get a sense of your chances at IVF success.