IVF is a great option for childless couples to increase the chances of getting pregnant. However the fact of the matter is that IVF does not always work as the pregnancy rates with IVF/ICSI are in the range of 40-50 percent per cycle. There are quite a few reasons why IVF treatment fails to work. A failed IVF is often emotionally and financially devastating. We understand the condition very well, because most of the patients come to us after having failed IVF cycles elsewhere.
IVF failure doesn’t mean the end of the world. A careful analysis can find the causes and areas of improvement to make your next IVF cycle more successful. If you are one these patients who have had failed IVF cycles, consider contacting IFC second opinion.
Reasons IVF Cycles fail
Not enough follicles produced
Most IVF centres routinely cancel IVF cycles, if the patient does not demonstrate a sufficient number of follicles on ultrasound. Such cancellations make sense only if there is a better ovarian stimulation protocol that can be applied in a subsequent cycle. For a successful IVF treatment, patients must be given ovarian stimulation protocols based not on her age but her ovarian age because a pregnancy eventually takes just one egg and one embryo.
Poor quality eggs and embryos
Embryo Quality can be another contributing factor to IVF failure. The quality of the eggs is crucial for the successful of IVF. Some embryos have genetic or chromosomal abnormalities that fail to work for IVF. Still other embryos don’t have sufficient cells to survive and are less likely to fertilize. These things eventually lead to IVF failure.
Age is an important factor when it comes to IVF. Your chances of achieving pregnancy with IVF is greater the younger that you are. After 35, the quantity and quality of eggs begins to decline drastically. The decrease in egg number, combined with poor egg quality, often interprets into a lower chance of creating a normal embryo with IVF.
What To Do When IVF Cycles Fail?
Just because you experience a failed IVF attempt doesn’t meant that you should give up trying to get pregnant. That is not the case at all. The important question is how we can improve upon failed cycles. At IFC, we learn from every unsuccessful cycle. We candidly discuss and explore options before a patient attempts again. The most important thing is to stay positive and don’t give up. This is the only way to get better. As a leading fertility centre, we have set the boundaries for fertility treatment during the past two decades. IFC has treatment options that other centers cannot offer. Currently, we are offering a free failed IVF consultation.