How Many Times Can A Woman Try IVF?

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IVF is undoubtedly one of the best fertility treatments one can undergo to treat infertility. The advanced treatment procedures and the number of cycles you can undergo give you an edge over other treatments. 

But how many cycles of IVF can one undergo? Can a person undergo an innumerable number of cycles to get pregnant? Are there any factors that affect how many cycles one can undergo? 

Read this article and learn the answers to all your questions. This article will be immensely helpful if you are planning to undergo IVF treatments. 

How Many Times Can A Woman Try IVF?

There is actually no pre-determined number of cycles you can undergo for your IVF treatments. Most doctors suggest an average number of 3–4 IVF cycles to get pregnant. 

However, based on the factors we will be discussing below, the number of cycles you require may increase or decrease. Below is the average number of cycles one can undergo based on their age.

Age Group Average Number Of Cycles
Under 35
3–4 cycles
35–37
2–3 cycles
38–40
2 cycles
0ver 40
1 cycle

These are the average number of cycles you can try based on the age group you belong to. If the IVF treatment does not help you get pregnant after these cycles, it is best to consider alternative options like donor and surrogacy programs.

Factors Influencing The Number Of IVF Attempts

As discussed above, there are certain factors that affect the number of cycles you can undergo during IVF. These factors will also determine your success rates in your IVF treatments. So, take note of these factors and discuss them with your fertility specialist before starting your IVF treatments. 

Success Rates Based On Age

Your age is an important factor that you can do nothing about. You will naturally age as years go by and your fertility will also decline with age. 

This decline in fertility will also decrease your success rate in IVF treatments, making it harder for you to get pregnant even after undergoing a few cycles. That is why, for women over 35 years old, fertility doctors recommend other fertility treatments if they don’t succeed after 2 or 3 failed IVF cycles

Health And Fertility Issues

Your success rate may also decrease if you have any existing health or fertility issues like diabetes, heart problems, PCOS, tubal blockage, endometriosis, low sperm count, etc. 

If you have any of the above issues, you can only have a restricted number of IVF cycles before trying other treatment options. 

Quality Of Eggs And Sperm

During IVF, the quality of the eggs and sperm retrieved will determine whether the cycle will succeed or not. If their quality is low, no matter how many cycles you undergo, you will only be met with failures. 

In that case, it is best to limit the number of IVF cycles and choose other treatment options like donor eggs, sperm, or embryos for a successful pregnancy. 

Alternatives After Multiple IVF Failures

IVF is one of the best fertility treatments with the highest success rate. However, it does not mean that there are no other options if IVF fails for you. Below are some alternative treatment options you can choose from after experiencing multiple IVF failures. 

ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)

It is a type of IVF where a single, healthy sperm will be collected and injected directly into the egg. This method is preferred in cases of male-factor infertility. 

IMSI (intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection)

This is an advanced type of ICSI where the semen sample is examined in a microscope, and the sperm with the best morphology is selected for injection. 

Donor eggs, sperm, or embryos

In cases of low-quality eggs or sperm, you can choose to use donor eggs, sperm, or embryos from other fertile people. 

Surrogacy

If you have any issues that make you unable to carry the baby till full-term, you can hire a surrogate to carry and deliver the baby in your stead. 

These are all the alternative fertility treatment options you can choose in case IVF fails for you. Remember, the success of your IVF treatment also depends on your doctor’s expertise. So, ensure you choose the best fertility doctor for your IVF treatments. 

Conclusion

There are no particular restrictions on how many IVF cycles you can undergo and its important to go for IVF in the right time. However, it is important to discuss with your fertility doctor and understand if undergoing more IVF cycles can help you achieve pregnancy. 

If the chances are low, it is best to discontinue IVF and choose the alternative treatment options we discussed above. 

FAQs

There is actually no pre-determined number of cycles you can undergo for your IVF treatments. Most doctors suggest an average number of 3–4 IVF cycles to get pregnant.

Your success rate may also decrease if you have any existing health or fertility issues like diabetes, heart problems, PCOS, tubal blockage, endometriosis, low sperm count, etc. 

If you have any of the above issues, you can only have a restricted number of IVF cycles before trying other treatment options.

Below are some alternative treatment options you can choose from after experiencing multiple IVF failures. 

  • ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
  • IMSI (intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection)
  • Donor eggs, sperm, or embryos
  • Surrogacy
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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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