When it comes to infertility treatments, every couple or individual takes a different road when dealing with failed IVF. There are various options for a failed IVF cycle, ranging from another IVF cycle to third-party reproductive help to adoption, depending on the cause.
Why IVF Fails
Despite its effectiveness, fertility treatment, particularly IVF, is a delicate and scientific procedure. For a successful IVF, both sperm and the eggs must be healthy and fertile for the embryo to be healthy enough to implant in the uterus properly.
The problem arises when the eggs or the sperm are not of good quality leading to IVF failure.
There are a few IVF failure reasons that are prevalent.
- Quality and quantity of eggs and sperms
As women approach their late-30s, their eggs start to diminish in both quantity and quality.
Due to some lifestyle changes or health-related factors, sperm quality and quantity may be affected in men, leading to IVF failure.
- Unsuccessful Fertilisation
In certain circumstances, fertilisation just does not take place. This might be due to the egg’s or sperm’s quality.
- Failure in embryo implantation
An embryo failure might be caused by one of two factors.
- The first factor is that the embryo’s environment in the uterus wasn’t sufficient to maintain it and endometrium or scar tissue might all be at blame
- The second factor of embryo failure would be detecting chromosomal defects in the embryo. It is recommended for women over 35 to get examined for chromosomal defective eggs
- Factors affecting your lifestyle
Smoking has a direct influence on the outcome of IVF procedures. Women who smoke more than two times a day might have a higher chance of miscarriage. The probability of a failed IVF cycle may arise if you are underweight or overweight.
What could be the most common reason for IVF failure?
Low embryo quality owing to poor egg quality is the most prevalent reason for IVF failure at all ages.
How many IVF cycles should a woman try?
On average, a woman should try for two to three IVF cycles, but only after consulting well with your fertility expert.
What is the next step after IVF failure?
The term IVF failure is different for everyone, so depending on the reason for your IVF failure, there could be several fertility treatments ranging from trying again or opting for other forms of fertility assistance.