Failed IVF Cycle

What can I do about my first failed IVF cycle?

QUESTION
I just went through my first cycle of IVF and it wasn’t successful. I am very disappointed. Is this common? I just stumbled on your website, while I was searching the web to find out what can be helpful for the next time. I need some advice please. Is it worth trying again?

ANSWER
We are sorry to hear about the outcome of your first IVF cycle. It is not uncommon for IVF patients to have an unsuccessful cycle, sometimes even several, before they finally get pregnant.

The clinic with which you had your IVF treatments should have counseled you about your chances to conceive and the success rates for your age group. CDC’s website is a great source of statistics about IVF treatments in the U.S. I hope you will find this CDC ART table helpful.
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Since you didn’t have your IVF treatments with our clinic, it is very difficult for us to answer your question whether you should continue with your treatments. You haven't provided much information in your email to us either. Nevertheless, we understand your desire to have a second opinion and will try to answer your questions. Before I answer your questions, let me mention two things. MedVacation had a 56 year old patient whose IVF treatments were successful. We recently saw an article that talked about a 66 year old Ukrainian woman giving birth to a healthy baby boy. So, you probably still have a few more years to try IVF a few more times.

First of all, the biggest factor in IVF treatments is the age of the female patient. How old are you? We can email you a graph showing IVF success rates based on patient’s age. Email us, if you are interested in receiving it. Typically, once the woman turns 40-41, many doctors will recommend she uses an egg donor. There are three tests, ovarian reserve tests, that fertility doctors can perform to determine your ovarian reserve and the need for egg donor.

Misconceptions about the causes of infertility are still quite common in our society. Often people automatically assume that the woman is the cause of infertility. Around one third of all infertility cases can be attributed to the male factor. At this stage, we would recommend that your IVF doctor do a few tests on your husband as well. Your IVF doctor should order Chromosome Testing for your spouse. In addition, they should also do DNA fragmentation test on his sperm.

There is another great IVF test that has recently became available to hopeful parents. It is called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening or CCS. This ground-breaking IVF technique is utmost accurate method for the analysis of all 24 types of chromosome. More and more, IVF specialists recommend this type of screening for patients who have had multiple failed IVF cycles or numerous miscarriages. We recommend you and your current IVF doctors look into this type of testing.
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Lastly, we cannot tell you whether you should continue trying. It is for you and your husband to decide. IVF treatments in the U.S. are not cheap. Not to mention the emotional aspect of going through IVF. But you already know that. Although treatments with our fertility clinics abroad are much cheaper, they will still cost you around $8,000. I hope this information and the fertility tests will help you with your decision making process and the fertility treatments.


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