What Is The Success Rate For IVF?
In a perfect world, all couples who want to become parents would have that chance. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t even need assisted reproductive techniques, because everyone would be able to get pregnant naturally, whenever they were ready.
However, as we all know, we do not live in a perfect world. Even the most wonderfully qualified couples sometimes experience the sting of failed fertility treatment. In fact, experts suggest that as many as 40 percent of all IVF cycles end without a successful pregnancy. So, what are the real reasons why fertility treatments fail?
There is no getting around it: age is one of the most important parts of fertility. As a woman gets older, it becomes harder and harder for her to get pregnant, until she eventually reaches menopause and is unable to conceive anymore.
Many times, women wait too long to seek help for fertility related issues, and it can be too late. It is definitely important to consider age when thinking about fertility treatments.
Another common reason that fertility treatments don’t always work is that the quality of the embryos is just not good enough. As a woman gets older, her egg supply begins to dwindle. The body naturally uses the best quality eggs first.
The eggs that remain as a woman gets older are the lesser-quality eggs. These eggs might have chromosomal abnormalities that can cause birth defects. There can be many different things that affect the quality of the embryos, and all of these things can lead to the failure of the fertility treatments.
Probably the most common IVF related problem is issues with implantation. Implantation issues occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, if a woman has cysts or polyps on her ovaries or cervix, the embryo will not be able to implant itself properly.
Sometimes, the embryo simply stops growing for unknown reasons. Sometimes, chromosomal abnormalities within the embryo will keep it from growing and developing properly. Other times, a lack of adequate blood flow to the embryo can be the cause of this problem.
Sometimes there are other reasons that fertility treatments don’t work. For example, rarely, a doctor might misdiagnose a patient with a certain fertility problem and focus on fixing that problem. The real issue might be something different, and therefore, the patient will not be able to get pregnant. Sometimes, there really is not an explanation for why fertility treatments fail.
That can be a very hard thing to deal with, failure without any real reason. If you are considering fertility treatments, make sure to think about what you will do in the event that the treatments don’t work out. This way, you can be prepared and you won’t be blindsided should your treatments not go as planned.
Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.
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