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IVF Failures can be disheartening, but it isn’t the end of the road. There is still hope.
Parenthood is a beautiful experience, and the challenges that a couple must go through do not matter to them.
Therefore, IVF procedure or IVF treatment is becoming a boon for couples who cannot conceive. Still, in a few cases, there are consistent IVF failures.
We have listed the causes of repeated IVF failures and how you can approach the next steps.
But IVF is not always a smooth sailing process. Many parents who come to us with high hopes often have to face disappointment.
Here is what you should know about IVF failures and how to minimise the risk.
‘Common Causes Of Repeated IVF Failures
When an embryonic layer present around the oocyte known as the zona is thicker than usual, it contributes to implantation failures. It is because the sperms fail to break the zona during fertilization.
Treatment Options After a Single/Multiple Failed IVF
So your first IVF cycle failed? The unfortunate news of failed IVF might dishearten you. However, it is not the end of hope.
The last resort is not IVF. There are treatments that you can go for considering the treatment’s responsiveness.
There are several fertility procedures, including:
This treatment adds to the success of a basic IVF procedure. Your specialist may perform it after IVF failed once or many times. In this procedure, a single sperm is chosen under a high-definition microscope.
It ensures proper shape and genetic makeup makes it appropriate for fertilization. Then it is injected into the egg to form a healthy embryo, which is of high quality resulting in an improved IVF success rate.
PGD is a screening test done on the embryos in an IVF procedure. It helps to identify any genetic disorder that anyone or both the parents may have. Your specialist may carry out the tests on embryos before transferring to the uterus for a successful pregnancy and delivery.
Failed IVF Cycle; When To Start Again?
There is no time to begin another cycle of IVF after the failure of the first cycle.
However, it is best to wait until your specialist can determine the cause of previous IVF failure.
We understand that an IVF failure is a huge loss for you. We recommend that you opt for the second attempt only if you are ready emotionally and physically.
In the meantime, you can take time if you want to improve your health and change your lifestyle.
How Can You Prevent Repeated IVF Failures?
Here are some things you can do to prevent future IVF failures:
If you have continuous IVF failure, do not worry.
There are numerous treatments like ICSI and IUI that can help boost your IVF treatment procedure.
Make sure that you are getting your IVF treatment from an experienced IVF centre. The experience of an IVF clinic affects the results of the treatment.
(Dr Hrishikesh Pai has worked as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Infertility specialist at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, D Y Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai and Fortis Hospitals, New Delhi, Gurugram and Chandigarh)