How many months after failed IVF can I try again?

How many months after failed IVF can I try again
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In Vitro Fertilization is covered with emotions, time, and financial concerns.  Your fertility specialist will always guide you for better treatment.  They usually implant 2 to 3 good quality embryos to increase the chances of success with your concern. 

Somehow, it will fail due to uterine receptivity, general abnormalities, and lifestyle factors.   Don’t worry if one cycle fails, there are options to try for another cycle. 

Usually, 4 weeks to 6 weeks is the wait time for the next IVF cycle which is 1 month 2 weeks 1 ½ months.

How many months after failed IVF can I try again?

Trying for another cycle completely depends on your financial plan and health condition after one cycle. You can consult with your specialist, to get an honest decision for the second IVF cycle.  

This is the standard spacing to start another cycle once you get the negative results. The wait includes reducing the inflammation caused during the treatment in the reproductive system.  

It also helps to reduce anxiety and stress during the time concerns.  Based on the study, on average IVF cycle may be successful for 20%-30% in the first attempt but it may not be successful in some cases

IVF treatment majorly depends on the age, if you are under 30 years the success rate is 43% in the first cycle. Whereas, above 30 to 35 years on average it is 36% – 40% (approx.)

How Can You Proceed Further After Multiple Failed IVF Cycles?

This might be rare, multiple failures happen in the age group below 40 years with at least three cycles would have been done in fresh or frozen embryo transfers. 

This includes some of the factors which determine failure in Multiple times. Worldwide, there are no 100% results in IVF pregnancy.  Beyond age, the endometrium, fallopian tube, egg quality, and patients with PCOS also be the concern. 

Each patient has a different journey, and one solution does not suit all. Thus, you can consult your fertility doctor for the cause of the failure and review your treatment plan. 

They might refer you for an additional test to diagnose the repeated failures which helps to identify the potential risks.   There are other options where you can after multiple failures. 

Attempt IVF one more time

Some people could try the other time, even after multiple failures. Further, it includes the cost and emotions of the couples. You can consult your doctor for another cycle. 

According to your health, they can guide you to the next treatment option. 

Use donor eggs

Your doctor may suggest you for donor eggs since multiple failures happen due to egg quality.  So, choosing the donor egg can increase the pregnancy rate.  It is based on individual preference only. 

Frozen embryo transfer

This could be suggested as a trying option if your embryo is not good enough in the previous cycles, freezing the embryo is the technique that could help in future preferences.  

Frozen embryos can be used, only after your concern. There may be a failure to get pregnant after embryos are thawed and implanted.  So, select a frozen embryo that is not damaged to avoid the risk.

Gestational surrogacy

This could be a crucial one in IVF, surrogacy is the process where a person is willing to give birth to a baby for another person or couple. It involves the surrogacy mother having no genetic relation to the baby. 

This includes if you had a hysterectomy or missing part of your uterus, or ovaries. This can be chosen only by the couple who are interested in it.

What might have caused an IVF cycle to fail?

Your IVF cycle is not like a natural being; it includes a medical history, lifestyle concerns, age factors, egg quality, fallopian tube, etc., Staying healthy plays a vital role in increasing the conception rate. 

Below are listed the reasons that can explain why the IVF cycle fails in the treatment. 

Embryo quality

In IVF treatment, your embryos are implanted in the uterus lining with the higher-grading of embryos which has the success rate. Before implantation, it is the procedure to check the quality and only insert it.  

In IVF treatment, embryos are implanted into the uterine lining based on their grading, with higher-grade embryos having a higher success rate. Before implantation, the quality of the embryos is assessed to ensure only the best ones are selected for transfer.

Due to some factors not meeting the result, the quality of the embryo becomes reduced after implantation. 

Age of the Female Partner

Your egg quality can become diminished at certain ages.  This can also be the reason for IVF failures and can be identified by certain symptoms. However, women with younger age can have healthier eggs and have higher chances of success. 

Chromosomal problems

If there are any abnormalities in the number of eggs that can be the reason.  Where, the structure of chromosomes in the egg, sperm, or embryo is the concern.

Unhealthy lifestyle

Following unhealthy lifestyles like smoking, consuming alcohol, exposure to the chemical field, eating junk and unhealthy foods, and no physical activities are also leading to treatment failure. 


Taking another IVF cycle is an option, as it helps to increase the conception.  A successful pregnancy can depend on the cycle you have undergone. 

In the second cycle may also give the highest success rate.  If you are planning for a second IVF treatment, just prepare for your physical, mental, and financial health. 

The 1 ½ month gap is given to relax to make the right decision and also consult a doctor for a second opinion.


Might be, it depends on the age of the woman.   If your age is between 35 – 39 overall there will be a chance of success rate of 40%-50%. 

No, IVF and surrogacy are not the same.  Thus, surrogate mothers are impregnated through the use of IVF. 

Yes, fallopian is important for pregnancy if it is blocked and untreated IVF can help to get conception. 

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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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