Natural Pregnancy After Failed IVF

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Getting pregnant and having their own kid is a dream for all couples. But, sometimes, certain infertility issues can stop them from getting pregnant, and they have to go for infertility treatments like IVF to get pregnant.

But what if IVF fails and does not give them the desired results? Can they try for pregnancy again? In fact, can they try for natural pregnancy again?

Let’s find out in this article.

Chances Of Getting Naturally Pregnant After Failed IVF

Know that there are chances of you getting pregnant naturally after a failed IVF. However, the chances depend mostly on your body and fertility condition. 

If the cause of your infertility is treated while you were trying for pregnancy before, then there are chances you can get pregnant naturally when you try again. 

Below are some factors that can influence your chances of a successful natural pregnancy after a failed IVF:

  • The quality of your eggs and your partner’s sperm
  • The quality of the embryo
  • Your fertility condition
  • The number of previous IVF failures you had
  • The fertility clinic you choose

The chances of having a natural pregnancy after a failed IVF are not affected as long as your infertility issues are treated. Studies have also proven that couples with failed IVFs have a good chance of having a natural pregnancy later. 

This is because, during your fertility treatments, your fertility specialist would have identified the cause of your infertility and treated it already. This will increase the chances of having a pregnancy without any medical intervention in the future. 

Reasons For IVF Fails

Understanding the causes of IVF failure can help you take the necessary precautions and avoid the issues from happening in the future. Below are some major reasons why your IVF cycle would have failed. 

Your and your partner’s age

Age is one of the major causes of infertility and IVF failure as it can affect the quality of the egg and sperm. Advanced age can also increase the chances of chromosomal abnormalities in the egg and sperm.

The quality of the embryos

Your embryo’s quality is essential for successful implantation and healthy growth of the baby. Low-quality embryos increase the chances of implantation failure and chromosomal abnormalities in the baby. 

Uterine receptivity

During implantation, your uterus and endometrial lining should be able to receive the embryo. If uterine receptivity is low, it will lead to implantation failure and IVF failure. 

Uterine abnormalities

Any structural deformities in the uterus or surrounding areas can affect implantation and cause IVF failure.

Lifestyle factors

Unhealthy lifestyle factors like eating junk foods, not exercising, smoking, drinking, etc., can affect your health and fertility and cause IVF failure. 

Underlying infertility conditions

Any underlying infertility conditions, like PCOS, endometriosis, etc., can cause IVF failures. 

Options After Failed IVF

You indeed have chances of a natural pregnancy after a failed IVF. However, there are other options you can go for if you have had a failed IVF cycle. 

ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)

ICSI is a good option after a failed IVF. ICSI follows the same procedure as IVF except for the method of fertilization. Here, the best, high-quality eggs and sperm are chosen and fertilized by an embryologist. So, chances of success are higher than IVF. 

Repeat IVF Cycle

If IVF fails, you can always try IVF again. According to studies, your IVF success rate increases, and the number of IVF cycles you undergo increases.

Donor Eggs Or Sperm

If the issue with your IVF is the quality of your eggs or sperm, you can always choose to use donor eggs or sperm for your IVF treatment. This can increase your chances of success as the eggs and sperm will be of high quality. 

Embryo Adoption

You also have the choice to adopt embryos from couples who have already successfully completed their IVF procedures and have some good-quality embryos left. 


If the mother has issues carrying the child till full-term, the couple can choose to hire a surrogate to carry the baby and deliver it.


Adoption is a good option if you can’t get pregnant. This can help you build a new family and provide a lovely home for a child.

Is Getting Pregnant Naturally Better Than IVF?

There is no definite answer to this question. Whether natural or IVF pregnancy suits you depends entirely on your fertility and financial condition.

If you have serious fertility issues, it is best not to waste time trying to get pregnant naturally. Consult a ivf specialist and undergo IVF.

However, if you have minor fertility issues and can get pregnant naturally, you can try for a natural pregnancy after some assistance from your fertility specialist.


Based on your health and fertility condition, it is entirely possible for you to get pregnant naturally. Don’t lose hope if you fail your IVF cycle. You can still succeed in the future.

It is best to consult your fertility specialist if you have concerns or doubts regarding pregnancy after a failed IVF. Follow their instructions and hope for the best. Everything will go as you wish.


While it is not certain, there are certain cases where you can get pregnant naturally after a failed IVF. This happens mostly in women who had minor infertility issues that were treated during their IVF treatments.

After a failed IVF cycle, your ovulation cycle will resume, and you will get your ovulation about two to six weeks after the failed cycle. 

Your body will feel tired and exhausted after a failed IVF cycle. Recover for a few months, take adequate rest, understand the cause of failure, and try again for pregnancy.

An IVF failure can be heartbreaking. However, it is not good to start the next cycle soon after the previous one. It is best to recover for some months before trying for the next IVF cycle. 

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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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