While the goal of IVF is a successful pregnancy and delivery, these results are not guaranteed. There are many factors that impact the chances of success.
At First Fertility Bangkok, we recognize the mixture of excitement and stress that IVF treatments can bring. We also have high success rates for successful deliveries. However, when the treatments are not successful, the disappointment can be difficult to handle.
An unsuccessful outcome does not mean the end of treatment. We continue to work with you to address the potential issues that may have resulted in failure. With the right support, advice, and specialized treatment, your next round of treatments may have better results.
Doubting the Treatment Is Quite Common
When women first begin the IVF process, it is common to have doubt about the chances of success. Many women begin treatment after trying to conceive naturally without success for a year or longer.
While the fear of unsuccessful treatment is quite common, many women are also afraid that they will discover that they cannot conceive. They expect the worst and only begin IVF after waiting for a considerable amount of time.
One of our goals at First Fertility is to help address these concerns. Patients deserve an honest response to their worries.
While there is a chance that you may not conceive with IVF, it is important to remain optimistic. When conception does not occur naturally, IVF may offer your best opportunity for successful labour and delivery.
How to Handle Unsuccessful Treatments
After an unsuccessful IVF treatment, you should first understand that it is not your fault. You are already doing everything that you can to increase your chances of getting pregnant. However, you cannot control what occurs after the eggs have been fertilized.
The best thing that you can do after an unsuccessful treatment is rest. You need to recuperate and avoid stress as you prepare for another treatment. While this is a difficult time, you should not allow the stress to keep you from continuing with your goal of getting pregnant.
As you prepare for your next IVF treatment, you may also want to begin considering additional treatments to improve the likelihood of successful fertilization. The use of donor sperm or eggs may help boost your chances.
Working with your fertility doctors, you can review your options and decide which treatments are best suited to your specific situation. During your visits, your doctors may also discuss some of the possible issues that can impact fertility.
Common Reasons for Unsuccessful IVF
While you cannot control what happens, you can understand the reasons why your treatment may not have worked. Some of these issues can be addressed to increase the chance of fertilization. The most common reasons include:
- Issues with the embryo quality
- Age of the eggs used for fertilization
- Difficulty producing healthy eggs
- Lifestyle choices and habits
Your fertility doctors can help explore these potential issues and how they affect your chances of successful fertilization.
Quality of the Embryo
The quality of the embryos is the most common issue that affects fertility. Some embryos may look perfectly healthy in the lab. However, they may have a defect or flaw that prevents the embryo from growing.
In many cases, issues with the embryo are not connected to issues with the uterus. Just because a woman has poor-quality eggs does not mean that she has problems that will prevent conception. The use of donor eggs or the use of additional IVF medications may provide an effective solution.
Eggs Are Affected by Age
As a woman ages, the quality and the number of her eggs will decrease. The combination of the egg quality and quantity is referred to as the ovarian reserve. A low ovarian reserve often limits the chances of successful IVF treatment.
Women under the age of 35 who use their own eggs with IVF treatments have a 45% rate of successful implantation. However, women between the ages of 40 and 42 only have a 15% chance. As with the previous problem, donor eggs or medications may help address this issue.
Difficulty Producing Eggs
Some women do not respond to the medications that are used for IVF treatment. When the body does not respond to the medications, the woman may not produce enough healthy eggs for successful IVF. Adjustments to the fertility medications may be needed before resuming IVF.
Lifestyle Choices and Habits
Your lifestyle can also impact your chance of a successful live birth. Women who are underweight or overweight may experience additional difficulties conceiving. This is also true for women who smoke.
Making changes to your lifestyle may improve your chance of success. Your doctors may recommend that you avoid certain vices, such as smoking. They may also suggest that you make changes to your diet and exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
Alternative Options to IVF Treatment
After a failed IVF treatment, you may be discouraged about continuing IVF treatment. For some women, the financial aspect may also impact their decisions to resume treatment. However, choosing to stop IVF treatments does not necessarily mean that you will never be able to conceive or raise a child.
There are alternative options to IVF treatment. As mentioned, an egg donor may be a suitable option if you cannot produce eggs that are healthy enough for fertilization.
Depending on your situation, a surrogate may also provide a path toward childbirth. Adoption and foster care are also possible ways to bring a child into your family.
These decisions should not be made lightly. You may want to consult with fertility specialists before deciding. Whether you choose to continue IVF treatment or other treatments is up to you. However, an experienced fertility clinic can help you understand the possible outcomes of each treatment option.
If you are going through IVF or are worried about the success of your treatments, do not hesitate to visit a fertility clinic. At First Fertility, we help patients through every stage of IVF treatment, including dealing with an unsuccessful attempt.