The most advanced method of treating infertility in couples is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It is a safe, efficient, and accessible reproductive treatment. Every couple, or individual, faces a different path when dealing with infertility treatments. Pregnancy is a complex process. Even today, what we do not know about pregnancy continues to exceed what we do know. What we don't know about pregnancy continues to outnumber what we do know even today. Before starting a new IVF cycle, couples should speak with a fertility specialist to figure out what went wrong before weighing the pros and cons.
IVF failure is not your fault
A uterus capable of nurturing the embryo, a healthy egg, and functional sperm are the most important variables in successful in vitro fertilization. Apart from these variables, other factors play an important role in a successful IVF. It may take two or more IVF cycles to achieve a successful result. While this can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining, knowing that you are not alone in your struggle, help is available from fertility experts with decades of experience, and that IVF failure is not your fault may be comforting.
IVF can help couples overcome a variety of infertility-related issues they may encounter while trying to conceive a child. For issues like blocked tubes, advanced stage endometriosis, male factor infertility, poor ovarian reserve, etc., IVF is the first line of treatment. In other cases, IVF may be recommended only if other fertility treatments have failed to produce a pregnancy.
What can be done to lower the chances of IVF failure?
There are a few ways IVF patients could try to reduce the risk for next time.
- Check your TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone). This test is crucial because abnormal TSH levels have been linked to miscarriage.
- If you are obese or overweight, you should lose weight at least three months before having IVF. A lower BMI improves the chances of IVF treatment success.
- In case there is a history of miscarriages, make sure to get your antibodies checked.
- Have a hysteroscopy before your next IVF cycle. This is more accurate than a scan and can easily detect uterine issues.
- Reduce the intake of alcohol and cut out smoking completely.
- Start eating healthy.
- Do moderate exercises and not high-intensity workouts
- In case of multiple miscarriages/failures, genetic screening of the couple is required.
- For an elder couple, genetically screening the embryo for a normal one increases the chances of a successful pregnancy.
Why does IVF fail?
IVF cycles do not always succeed, and pinpointing the exact reasons for failure can be difficult. Understanding the possible causes of failure—age, egg/sperm quality, uterine health, and more—could be critical to effective treatment planning and a clear shot at a successful pregnancy. The IVF clinic you choose, lab factors, the method of performing the procedure, experience and skills of the doctor, the competence of the embryologist are all factors that can affect your IVF results. If you are wondering why your IVF failed, below are some of the causes:
- Embryo implantation failure
- Quality of eggs
- Female age & Ovarian response
- Quality of sperm
- Genetic & Chromosomal causes
- Female Age
Failure of IVF is hard on every person. Do not despair. Choose a competent, experienced fertility expert at PFRC who can provide you with solutions that can take you closer to having your baby. Once a full, comprehensive, fertility investigation has been undertaken, the doctors design a specific treatment plan for each individual in the hope of a successful cycle of IVF, and a healthy pregnancy to follow. You can consult with some of the most experienced IVF specialists in Chennai at PFRC. Take your first step today and book a consultation with the top gynecologist in Chennai.