Infertility can be very devastating for couples. When couples are unable to conceive through natural processes, IVF is a great and very effective way for childless couples to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
What is IVF?
IVF is a procedure performed on childless couples which assist them to substantially increase their chances of conception. This Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for infertility treatment involves putting the eggs and sperm together. But this process takes place outside the human body by naturally selecting the eggs. This eventually results in the completion of the process of Fertilization. After fertilization, the embryos are allowed to grow for a short period of time before being implanted it in a woman’s uterus.
However, the truth lies in the fact that IVF does not always work. The success rate of IVF is around 55-60 percent. Also, there is a bright possibility that even if a couple has undergone a failed IVF once, they can have a fruitful IVF. A couple can definitely conceive even after several failed IVF’s. There are several reasons why IVF fails to work, some of which are as follows:
- Increased Age:
Age is an important determinant when it comes to IVF. The chances of getting pregnant with or without IVF are greater, while you are younger. As the prospective parent’s age, the quality of eggs begins to decline, their willingness to conceive drops and the sperm mobility also begins to decrease. These changes are usually seen when the mother turns 30. The decline in egg numbers and egg quality often interprets into a lower chance of creating a normal embryo with IVF.
- Lack of Sufficient Follicles Produced:
Most IVF centers regularly terminate IVF cycles if the prospective parents do not establish an adequate amount of follicles in ultrasound. Such terminations make sense only if there is a better ovarian stimulation protocol that can be functional in the following cycle. For a fruitful 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 of Eggs and Embryos:
Another factor that can lead to failed IVF is Embryo Quality can be another contributing factor to IVF failure. The quality of the eggs is fundamental for a successful IVF. The poor quality of eggs results in failed conceptions because the pregnancy cannot be sustained. Some embryos have hereditary or chromosomal deviations that miscarry and eventually result in a failed IVF.
A failed IVF is often emotionally and economically disturbing for prospective parents. They are emotionally drained as there comes a lot of hope of conception while the couples are undergoing IVF cycles.
Dr. Rita Bakshi, Senior Gynaecologist and IVF Expert, International Fertility Centre says “Just because you experience an unsuccessful IVF, doesn’t mean that you should give up trying to get pregnant. Instead, the important question is how we can improve upon failed cycles. We keep discussing and discovering options on the root cause of the prior failed IVF. The most important thing is to stay positive and don’t give up. As a leading fertility centre, we have set the boundaries for fertility treatment during the past two decades.”
IVF failure doesn’t mean the end of the world. A careful analysis can treasure the grounds and areas of development to make your next IVF cycle more successful.