Why Fertility Treatments Fail


Fertility treatments have made it possible for many couples to conceive when they never thought they would be able to. They are great options for couples who have fertility problems, but not all fertility treatments work. 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?

1 Embryo Quality

One common reason that fertility treatments don’t always work is that the embryos are just not viable. 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. The remaining eggs often have chromosomal abnormalities that can cause birth defects. In turn, this can be one of the reasons that fertility treatments fail.

One common reason that fertility treatments don’t always work is that the embryos are just not viable

2 Implantation Issues

Probably the most common IVF related problem revolve around issues with implantation. For example,  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 implantation issues.

IVF donation tins

3 Women and Age

No question about 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. The age of the woman is one of the most important parts of fertility, and unfortunately, it is something that cannot be changed or repaired.

age is one of the most important parts of fertility

4 Other Reasons

There are some other reasons why fertility treatments fail. At times, doctors can misdiagnose a fertility problem. Other times, there really is not an explanation for why fertility treatments fail. That can be a very hard thing to deal with, when there is not a reason for the failure. You always have to consider the fact that your fertility treatments might not work, and failure is always an option. Make sure that you discuss with your partner and your doctor before you ever begin your fertility treatments so that you know how you will handle things in the unfortunate case that your fertility treatments do not work out.

Doctor with Stethoscope

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Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.

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