Generally, fertility units consider success rates to be pregnancy rates and therefore show the pregnancies or live births that were born as a result of treatments carried out.
However, Flinders Fertility takes a broader view of success as the management of a fertility problem is a complex and often stressful journey - not without its risks - involving the unit as an integral part of your team. As such, Flinders Fertility measures success on the basis of:
- Clinic competency:
- Cumulative clinical pregnancy rates.
- Service quality. The goodwill that Flinders Fertility builds with its patients. This includes:
- Waiting time to see a Fertility Specialist.
- Availability of culturally and linguistically sensitive services.
- Continuity of care with respect to seeing the same Fertility Specialist throughout the patient journey (including fertility procedures).
- Patients attending the clinic are made aware of and have access to a Fertility Counsellor.
- Patients undertaking informed consent prior to treatment.
- Patient satisfaction (measured using patient transfer).
- Specialist Fertility Nurses involved in the entire patient journey.
- Risks to the patient. This includes:
- Multiple birth (twins and triplets) rates. Multiple pregnancy is the single biggest risk of fertility treatment to both mother and baby. The birth of a single, healthy child is the safest, most desirable outcome of fertility treatment.
- Ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) rates. OHSS is a potentially dangerous over-reaction to fertility drugs used to stimulate egg production.