Have you finished a cycle of IVF which didn’t go to plan? Failing to get pregnant can be heart-wrenching, but it can be comforting to know that you’re not alone.
In fact, average IVF success rates for women aged between 40 and 42 are 28.5%, but remember: it’s not impossible, and that doesn’t mean it won’t happen for you.
Here are some words of advice on what happens after a failed IVF treatment, and tips on how you can approach your next cycle:
What should you do after a failed IVF treatment?
It’s really important that you don’t fall into the trap of blaming yourself after a failed IVF attempt. Although it may seem difficult, you must remember that you’re not the issue.
Failed IVF procedures can happen for many reasons, including that the implanted embryos were too weak or unable to develop properly, once implanted into the womb.
So, don’t blame yourself!
It may seem difficult, but positive thinking can have a real impact on the outcome of your next IVF treatment.
If you’re currently at this stage and are wondering how you can put the failed attempt behind you, you should visit your fertility consultant. These specialists can reassure you, and discuss the reasons why this treatment may have failed. They’re also able to outline next steps with you, supporting you in any decision you might have to make.
After failed IVF attempts, you should also be prepared to undergo any furthers tests. This may shed some light on any underlying issues which caused the failed cycle, and increase your chances of conceiving during the next stage of treatment.
How can I increase my chances of conception with another treatment?
When a couple have experienced a disappointing cycle of IVF, it’s not uncommon for them to research how they can improve their chances of conception for their next cycle.
Although you cannot change some factors (such as your age), there are a handful of changes that you can make to improve your fertility chances. Those include:
- Improving your diet
- Quitting smoking
- Cutting down on alcohol
You can also use equipment such as a fertility calendar, and work with our team to select your optimal period for insemination. That way, you’re improving the chances of conceiving by listening to your body.
What are my options in terms of treatments?
There are other treatments you can try after a failed round of IVF, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), depending on your circumstances – all of which have similar processes to that of IVF.
However, there is nothing stopping you from undertaking another round of IVF. If IVF costs are not a factor in your decision, we would encourage you to try the process again.
If you’ve experienced a failed cycle of IVF and would like to discover your next steps, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of fertility specialists. With years of experience working with a range of fertility issues, let us show you that the path to parenthood doesn’t have to stop after one failed cycle.