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Causes of Failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Cycles

By CARE Fertility on April 24, 2015

Egg and sperm forming a question markPatients who visit the Center for Assisted Reproduction know that we offer straight talk and solid patient information. This is what has made us one of the most trusted fertility treatment centers in the greater Dallas area.

Since in vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most popular and successful ways to treat infertility, we'd like to consider what may cause the process to fail. Keep in mind that an IVF cycle proving unsuccessful is not uncommon and that there are plenty of options to consider if such an event occurs.

Issues with the Follicles

Follicles are the fluid-filled sacs in which eggs are contained. Fertility drugs are administered in order to promote the growth of follicles. If the follicles are too small or not viable, this can lead to failure of the process. Similarly, if too many follicles are produced, the IVF procedure may be halted in order to prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

Issues with Egg Quality

The quality of the eggs can have a major bearing on the success of IVF. Eggs that are of poor quality or that are not viable can result in a failure of the treatment process. In addition, it's possible that the follicles will not yield any viable eggs for IVF treatment.

Issues with Sperm Quality

Sperm quality issues can lead to a failure of the IVF process. This can generally be dealt with through sperm washing techniques and careful selection of healthiest sperm present. Fertility specialists can also assist in the process to increase the chances of successful fertilization.

Issues with the Embryos

Problems with the embryos can also result in failure of IVF. Timing is key when it comes to transferring embryos to the uterus. If the process is carried out too soon, there is a greater chance of IVF failure.

Issues with the Embryo Transfer Process

The embryo transfer process is when the embryo is placed via catheter into a woman's uterus. Sometimes mistakes made during this process result in failure. For instance, it's possible for an embryo to become damaged or lost during the transfer phase of the treatment.

Issues with Embryo Implantation

Implantation refers to the moment in which the embryo attaches to the uterus to develop. There are times when the implantation fails to happen, or when the embryo winds up becoming attached to another part of a woman's reproductive system.

Issues with the Uterine Lining

Even if the embryo properly attaches, there is the possibility that the uterine lining or the uterus itself will not accept the embryo and pregnancy will not follow.

Ways That Fertility Doctors Improve Success Rates

Modern techniques and technologies have enhanced the ability for fertility specialists to perform effective IVF treatments. Many of the phases and processes of the IVF process involve the use of fertility drugs, which help increase the chances of successful fertility procedures. A greater understanding of the timing involved is helpful as well.

Will I need to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) again?

If the first IVF treatment proves unsuccessful, it is okay to perform a second IVF procedure as needed. This is common for many patients so do not feel discouraged if the first attempt fails.

Find Out More About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

For more information about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and how it can help you address issues with infertility, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. We look forward to your visit and discussing all treatment options with you in greater detail.

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