Jul 02 2015

Top Three Causes of a Failed IVF Cycle


Graphic illustration of a sperm and an eggIf you and your partner are struggling with male or female factor infertility, IVF, or in vitro fertilization, may be an appropriate solution to help you conceive. According to a 2012 report, more than 5 million babies have been born using this advanced treatment method. To perform IVF, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our team will provide special medications to encourage ovulation, harvest healthy eggs, fertilize them with a sperm sample in our lab, and insert the embryos directly into your uterus, where they will hopefully implant. This process is called an IVF “cycle.” While some women conceive on the first attempt, many require multiple IVF cycles to become pregnant. In the following blog post, we explain the top three failed IVF cycle causes and how we can help your treatment succeed at our Lubbock fertility clinic.

1. Poor embryo quality.

Becoming pregnant with IVF requires the use of healthy embryos. These embryos are more likely to attach to the uterine lining and develop into a fetus. Dr. Dorsett will provide drugs to stimulate greater egg production before IVF, increasing your chances for high-quality egg retrieval. Once we harvest your eggs, we will select the healthiest for fertilization and implantation. However, this is not a foolproof process. Some eggs that seem healthy may fail to implant properly or grow as we might have expected. Unfortunately, older women are much less likely to produce healthy eggs than younger patients. Embryo quality is highest for patients under age 30 and becomes a significant factor after age 35. If you have gone through multiple failed IVF cycles due to embryonic issues, Dr. Dorsett may recommend utilizing an egg donor for better results.

2. Sperm disorders.

Sperm with poor motility, an abnormal shape, or low volume may hinder your chances for success with IVF. Lower quality sperm may be less likely to fertilize an egg, even when combined by our technicians in the lab. If your partner or spouse suffers from male factor infertility, Dr. Dorsett may suggest using ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a modified form of IVF. During ICSI, we will insert the sperm directly into the healthy egg to ensure that it becomes fertilized before we attempt to implant it.

3. Hormonal stimulation imbalances.

Female hormones must be held in a complex and delicate balance for a woman to become pregnant. Dr. Dorsett will prescribe hormonal medications throughout the IVF process to regulate your cycle and encourage the mechanisms that contribute to healthy conception. Since each woman’s body and hormonal levels are unique, it is possible to over- or understimulate your hormones, both of which can lead to a failed IVF cycle. To prevent this from occurring, Dr. Dorsett will work closely with you, perform appropriate diagnostic tests, and attempt to calibrate your hormonal treatments for success.

Increase Your Chances for Success

Having a failed IVF cycle can be frustrating, but there is hope: women under 40 who complete three cycles have a 70 percent chance of conceiving, on average. At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Dorsett and our team will implement every measure to optimize your chances for pregnancy. To find out more about IVF or schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett, contact our fertility clinic today.

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