Friday, January 28, 2022

A failed IVF cycle is not the end of the road for your dreams of building a family

 A failed IVF procedure can be disastrous for both you and your partner. You may be disoriented, dissatisfied, and melancholy. But you aren't ready to give up your ambition of starting a family just yet. What are your plans for the future with your partner?

When it comes to infertility treatments, each couple or person takes a different road. Of course, the mainstream media, magazine covers, and entertainment shows portray IVF as a walk in the park. Actresses and entertainers over the age of 40 appear to experience success after success. But keep in mind that those magazines and TV tabloid shows are in it for the money, so you'll see very little, if any, of the genuine tale behind their infertility.

There are a variety of reasons why IVF fails. When it comes to characterising a therapy that doesn't result in a viable pregnancy, the term "IVF Failure" is a little hazy. There are various options for dealing with a failed IVF cycle, ranging from another IVF round to third-party fertility help to adoption, depending on the cause.


Despite its effectiveness, fertility treatment, particularly IVF, is a delicate and exact science. Both the eggs and the sperm must be viable and fertile. The embryo must be healthy as a result of the fertilisation. In the uterus, that embryo must implant properly. The embryo must continue to develop once it has been placed. There are numerous factors that contribute to IVF success, as well as numerous reasons for IVF failure. Here are a few of the most prevalent reasons for your IVF failure.

Your eggs were not viable for the following reasons: Fertility medications are used to cause the ovaries to become overstimulated. This causes a large number of oocytes, or eggs, to be released. When the eggs are collected, they are combined with the sperm to make fertilisation easier. In rare situations, most usually due to age, a woman's eggs are insufficient to fertilise effectively. Your eggs begin to drop in quantity and quality when you reach your mid- to late-thirties.

Fertilization failed: In some circumstances, fertilisation just does not take place. This could be due to the eggs' or sperm's quality.

Embryo didn't implant: There are two main reasons why an embryo doesn't implant. The first is that the embryo's environment in the uterus is insufficient to support it. Endometrium, scar tissue, or an undiscovered, pre-existing disease could all be at blame. The second reason embryos fail to implant is often due to a chromosomal defect in the embryo. Your embryos must undergo PGT (preimplantation genetic testing) to determine their genetic health, which is critical to the success of IVF. This examination greatly increases the likelihood of a successful implantation. Women over 35 are more likely to have chromosomal defective eggs, and the risk increases as they get older.

IVF cycles may be cancelled if there are insufficient follicles: The number of viable follicles may not be enough to produce an acceptable number of eggs if the patient (and hence her ovaries) is over 35. This may usually be avoided by using a "age appropriate" dose/type of ovarian stimulation medication.

Factors affecting your lifestyle: There's no doubt that you want to be the ideal candidate for IVF success. This could imply having a healthy lifestyle and adhering to a decent fertility diet. Smoking will have a direct impact on the success of your IVF procedure. Women who smoke require twice as many IVF attempts to conceive, and they have a far higher risk of miscarriage. You're more likely to have a failed IVF cycle whether you're underweight or overweight.


After a failed IVF, it's vital to grieve. Even if the IVF didn't result in an embryo, the emotional impact is as devastating as the loss of a pregnancy. You'll feel gloomy and depressed for a long time. It's quite normal, but you should consult your doctor about it. Before proceeding with your treatment, you and your partner should get help.

Consider the following possibilities while deciding on your next steps:

Another IVF attempt: Consult with Dr. Malpani to see if any alterations to the IVF cycle are necessary. It's not unusual for successful IVF to take multiple attempts. PGT may be recommended depending on the reason for the previous failed IVF.

Third-party donor: Donor eggs may be an option for women who have insufficient or non-viable eggs. Donors are thoroughly screened and under the age of 30, ensuring that their eggs are in good health.

Surrogacy: Some women are unable to carry a fertilised egg to term for various reasons. Even after successful IVF, this can result in the embryo failing to implant or in recurring miscarriages. The embryo and the surrogate are not genetically linked.  She is nothing more than a gestational carrier. Many couples resort to someone they know and have a relationship with. Others choose among surrogates who have been contacted through advertisements. Once your surrogate has been chosen, she will be subjected to a psychological and medical evaluation.


It's comforting to know that you have options if you aren't ready to give up on having a family through reproductive treatments. Speak with Dr. Malpani about your concerns following a failed IVF cycle. Under the care and compassionate supervision of our medical and support personnel, seek alternative treatment or testing and evaluation.

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