When IVF Fails…. What to do next?

A failed IVF can be hurtful for you and your partner. And when you’ve got try several times and still it doesn’t seem to work, is there a reason to keep trying?

The short answer is: YES

If you get an answer for failed IVF, then a person can tend to have peace of mind, because they believe that they can achieve success next time, if they can avoid past mistakes.

Here Dr. Jyoti Malik, an Obstetrician, Gynecologist & Infertility Specialist, Director at J.J Institute of Medical Science & Roots IVF, Bahadurgarh explains why they happen and what can be done.

Common Reasons why IVF Cycle fails

When looking at the reasons for the failure of IVF, fertility experts have been able to identify some specific factors that may be to blame.

The Quality of Embryo

Successful IVF starts with good quality eggs and sperm. The IVF procedure includes creating an embryo that will be implanted in the uterus. Sometimes, though, an embryo looks great in the lab but not implant successfully. It may be due to factors, like a defective uterus or poor-quality egg or sperm.

Age of the Eggs

Age of women, the health of the uterus, and the ways her body responds o IVF medications also play a great role in IVF success. The women existing age doesn’t correlate exactly with the age of eggs, but egg quality tends to be higher in younger women’s eggs. A woman’s fertility decreases about the age of 35. Women between 40 and 42 have about a 15 percent chances of implantation while using their own eggs. But IVF success rates in older women using younger women’s donor eggs almost equal those of younger women using their own eggs.

Quality of Sperm

The sperm perform a complex role in the fertilization of the female egg and in order to do so, they must be healthy, motile, and sufficient in quantity.

However, sperm are usually not among the reasons for the failure of IVF because any quantitative or qualitative problems with the sperm are easily detected during semen analysis and the patients are then given the option of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or IVF with donor sperm.

Lifestyle factors

Lifestyle has a huge impact on fertility. Women often hear about losing weight for fertility, but being underweight can be equally problematic. Eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods, exercising moderately, and taking prenatal vitamins can boost overall health, hormonal health, and the quality of eggs and sperm.

Why continue Trying?

It may be take more than one round for a successful pregnancy. Sometimes there aren’t enough eggs produced during treatment (a problem affecting 5-35% of women). Sometimes eggs don’t fertilize, even when they’re healthy. Sometimes eggs and sperm fertilize successfully but for some reason, the embryo doesn’t develop normally.

You do have options

When you experience a failure in IVF, don’t get discouraged. If you aren’t ready to give up on growing your family through fertility treatments, then it helps to know you have options. Talk with our Infertility Specialist Dr. Jyoti Malik and let her know your concerns after failed IVF.


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