Repeated IVF Cycle

“Parenthood” is a beautiful journey. Sooner or later, every couple dream of being a caring mother or a responsible father. The journey starts from the very first positive sign, 2 pink lines in your urine pregnancy test kit. Though this journey for every parent should be joyous and comfortable; however, one out of eight couples have trouble in conceiving or are not able to conceive and termed as infertile. Infertility leads to huge disappointment and sadness, not just to the couple but to the entire family.

Science has opened new doors for such a couple; the advancement of technology has given hopes to these couples. With the help of assisted reproductive technologies, the chances of becoming parents have increased. Out of all the techniques, in-vitro fertilization is the most successful and accepted technology across the world.

Before going for an IVF, couples do a lot of preparation, get ready mentally, emotionally and physically. And once the couple starts to see a new ray of hopeand a new future with the little bundle of joy suddenly an unsuccessful IVF cycle can be extremely devastating. Repeated failed IVF attempts makes the couple lose all the hope and strength that they have gathered. Their friends and family might also influence them to give up and accept the fact that they can never become parents, such couples, after 3-4 failed attempts generally give up on further attempts.

What is the general assumption of failed IVF cycle?

Such couples themselves may think that after the third or fourth attempt, their prognosis is bleak. They assume that the chances of success decrease with every failed cycle.

What are the chances of success of repeated cycles?

A study by the University of Bristol has revealed that multiple trials increase the chances of successful childbirth. This study was conducted on 150,000 women who underwent approximately 250,000 IVF cycles. In this study, it was tested whether multiple attempts increase or decrease the chances of having a successful pregnancy. The researchers concluded that the outcomes of the early cycles were independent of the later ones majorly in the cases where women were younger than 40 years. As every single case is unique, so there is no way of telling exactly how likely one specific patient is to succeed in any specific cycle. The previous assumptions that early unsuccessful cycles predict future disappointment are contrary to reality, which suggests that future attempts are independent of initial attempts. The study revealed that the cumulative chances of pregnancy increase with each cycle.

Patience and hope are the key

The couples who underwent repeated failed cycles to have a baby should remain calm and patient. Repeated failure is undoubtedly painful and arduous; however, they should not lose their courage and hope. They should consult their doctor and decide whether it is the right decision to give it a few more attempts or to stop. The important message here for the couple is to be ready for three to six attempts to get what they want. It is way more essential for the couple to seek out emotional support from family or friends.

What is the role of age in the success rate of IVF cycle?

As per the study, it was concluded that women’s age also impacts the success rate of IVF cycle. Women of less than 40 years of age have a live birth rate of 32.3% after the 1st cycle, up to 20%, including the 4th cycle and 68% after the 6th cycle. Women from 40 to 42 years have a live birth rate of 12.3% after the first cycle and 31.5% after 6th cycle. Women more than 42 years of age, all rates within each cycle were far less than their younger counterparts.

What can be the possible reason for failed IVF cycle?

After a failed IVF cycle, it is imperative that one finds out the exact cause of failure. This will help in resolving the issue so that this doesn’t get repeated in the next cycle. Once the couple manages to cope with the situation, they should visit their doctor and analyze the situation.

A couple needs to enquire about the possible reasons for the failed IVF cycle during the post-IVF failure consultation session. There can be some factors like number or quality of eggs/embryos or sperm, maternal age, uterine receptivity and other physical complications in the woman, that can lead to failed IVF cycle. Their fertility clinic must provide them with correct answers regarding the procedure, proper documents, reports and scans of the embryo.

This analysis of the failed cycle will help the couple in deciding whether

  • They are willing to go for a next attempt
  • The couple should continue the treatment in the same clinic
  • In case the issue lies with the couple the specialist can suggest some other treatment options before second attempt.

Chances of successful pregnancy increase in case the reason for previous failed IVF is analyzed and addressed.

 How to improve the success rate of a next IVF attempt?

Once the cause of a failed IVF cycle is identified, it must be rectified.

If the clinic is not skilled enough in the procedure and compliant enough in quality, the patient must go for better IVF clinic. If there is any issue with the patient, an instant corrective measure should be taken.

A dutiful clinic will aid the couple with a proper and thorough explanation of the situation and will also make the necessary amends to remove all the probable factors regarding failed IVF attempt. It will do its best to ensure the success of the next IVF cycle. Failed IVF cycle should be considered as a lesson rather than a misfortune so that the couple and the specialist together gun for better results for the next time.

What is the right time for next attempt after a failed cycle?

This is a very important aspect and depends on the causes which were diagnosed during post failed IVF consultation session. Many couples wonder how much the interval between two attempts should be. Post diagnosis corrective measures should be taken without losing much of time. Reports suggest that the time gap between two attempts is not of any significance in determining the success rate.

However, the couple must take enough time to heal themselves physically and emotionally; hence, the couple can take a bit of time before going for a next attempt. Meanwhile, they can always adopt a healthy diet and a stress-free lifestyle to ensure a speedy recovery.

Recent studies are so much helpful for the couples who are going through the trauma of repeated failure. Just when they lost all the hopes and thought that the world has ended the positive outcomes of these studies have again filled them with new hopes and desires. Persistence in IVF despite all the odds can make them accomplish the final goal.

We at Medicover Fertility take care of the dreams of such couples.