In Which Cases IVF Is Not Successful?

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IVF is one of the best fertility treatments that many couples wish to undergo to get pregnant. After so many years of giving high success rates to millions of couples, most couples believe that they can definitely get pregnant if they undergo IVF. 

However, it can come as a betrayal if their IVF cycle was not successful. In this article, we will look in detail into some cases that can cause IVF to not be successful and also look into some factors that can cause IVF failures. 

Specific Cases Where IVF May Not Be Successful

IVF is praised for being the best fertility treatment with the highest success rate. So, it can be a shock for you to experience IVF failures. 

However, you should remember that IVF is a fertility treatment at the end of the day, and the result of the treatment depends on various factors. 

Below are some specific cases where IVF may not be successful for you. 

Poor Egg Quality

IVF relies on good-quality eggs and sperm to produce good-quality embryos and achieve a high success rate. 

If your egg quality is poor, it will affect the quality of the embryo and decrease implantation and development rates, causing IVF failures. So its important to know how to improve the egg quality for IVF.

Implantation Failure

For a successful IVF pregnany, the transferred embryo should be firmly implanted into the uterus. If implantation fails due to poor embryo quality or poor uterine conditions, it can cause IVF failures. 

Genetic Abnormalities

Genetic and chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo are one of the main causes of IVF failures. This is why doctors perform tests like PGT (pre-implantation genetic testing) and PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening) to detect any issues with the embryo. 

Uterine Factors

Even if you prepare very well for the IVF treatment, if the uterus is not ready to implant the embryo and facilitate its development, then your IVF will be a failure. 

Your fertility doctor should check the condition of your uterus and ensure it is receptive to the embryo before transferring it.

Factors Affecting IVF Success

Above, we discussed some of the major causes of IVF failures. Now, let’s look at some common factors that can affect your chances of IVF success. 

Your Age

Your age is the one factor that you can do nothing about. You can treat other factors, but there is no way to treat infertility caused by your age. 

Age can decrease the quality of your eggs and make your uterus less capable of implanting and nurturing the baby till full-term. This can affect your IVF success. 

Ovarian Reserve

Ovarian reserve is the total number of eggs you have remaining in your ovaries. This reserve will give your doctors a fair idea of how many eggs they can retrieve during egg retrieval. 

If you have a poor egg reserve and only produce minimal eggs with poor quality, it can affect your chances of having a healthy embryo for IVF success. 

Male Factor Infertility

Remember, infertility does not only have to be from your end. Your partner can have infertility issues which can be curable, too. Most times, male-factor infertility concerns the following issues: low sperm count, motility, and morphology. 

Any of these factors can affect your chances of IVF success. So, it is best to have your partner tested for infertility issues before starting IVF treatments.

Your Fertility Doctor

The fertility doctor you choose for your IVF also affects your chances of a successful pregnancy. IVF requires great experience and expertise. So, ensure you do your research and choose the best fertility doctor in your area for IVF treatments. 

Conclusion

Now that you know the causes and factors that can affect your chances of a successful IVF pregnancy, you can have an idea of what to look out for when undergoing IVF in the future. 

Don’t be stressed that your previous IVF cycle failed. Use this article as a reference and do all you can to ensure a successful IVF in the future cycles.

FAQs

IVF relies on good-quality eggs and sperm to produce good-quality embryos and achieve a high success rate. If your egg quality is poor, it will affect the quality of the embryo and decrease implantation and development rates, causing IVF failures. 

Certain medication conditions, like diabetes, heart issues, and other autoimmune disorders, can affect your body’s health and decrease your chances of IVF success. 

Ovarian reserve is the total number of eggs you have remaining in your ovaries. This reserve will give your doctors a fair idea of how many eggs they can retrieve during egg retrieval. 

If you have a poor egg reserve and only produce minimal eggs with poor quality, it can affect your chances of having a healthy embryo for IVF success.

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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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