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Weathering the Storm: What to Do After Your First Failed IVF – When and How to Try Again?

| 19 Jun 2023 | 1222 Views |

Introduction

Life can be a bumpy road, full of unexpected twists and turns, especially when you’re traversing the path of IVF. First IVF failed? What next? We hear this question often at India IVF Fertility. The disappointment is palpable and so is the confusion. If you are navigating these choppy waters, take a deep breath. Let’s steer your ship back on course together.

Understanding Your First Failed IVF

Before we dive into ‘what next?’, let’s briefly touch upon the reason behind IVF failures. Often, it’s not about you or your partner; it’s about the embryonic genetic makeup. Anomalies in the embryo are the main culprits behind most IVF failures.

  1. Chromosomal abnormalities
  2. Quality of eggs or sperm
  3. Inadequate endometrial receptivity

The silver lining is, understanding these reasons can help us to increase the odds in your next attempt.

Dusting Off the Disappointment: What Comes After the First Failed IVF?

After the first failed IVF, the road might seem blurry. You may wonder about your next steps: First IVF failed. Should I try again? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’. Here’s why:

  1. Your odds are still good: Statistics reveal that the cumulative success rates improve with successive IVF cycles.
  2. Learning curve: Each failed attempt offers valuable insights into your unique fertility puzzle. Your specialists can fine-tune future treatment strategies accordingly.
  3. Don’t lose heart: Remember, Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb on his first attempt. It’s persistence that turns failure into success.

Scheduling Your Second Attempt: When to Try Again After the First Failed IVF?

The First Ovulation After Failed IVF

Usually, you’ll experience your 1st ovulation after a failed IVF within 2-6 weeks. This depends on the individual’s menstrual cycle and the specifics of the IVF treatment.

The First Period After Failed IVF

Following the failed IVF, your 1st period might be heavier or more painful than usual. This is normal due to hormonal changes from the treatment. It usually arrives within 4-6 weeks of the failed cycle.

When to Try Again

Once you have your period, your body is physically ready for another IVF cycle. However, it’s crucial to consider emotional readiness. Some couples may need a few months to recover emotionally before embarking on another cycle. It’s a personal decision and there’s no right or wrong timeline.

Conclusion

Once you have your period, your body is physically ready for another IVF cycle. However, it’s crucial to consider emotional readiness. Some couples may need a few months to recover emotionally before embarking on another cycle. It’s a personal decision and there’s no right or wrong timeline.

FAQs

You should consult with your fertility specialist who can help you understand why the treatment might have failed and what can be done differently in the next cycle. Emotional support from counseling or support groups can also be beneficial.

Physically, you can usually try again after you've had one full menstrual cycle. Emotionally, it varies for each individual or couple. Some may want to try again immediately, others may need a few months to recover.

Yes. Each cycle of IVF offers a chance for success, and cumulative success rates improve with each subsequent cycle.

The most common reasons are chromosomal abnormalities in the embryos, poor quality eggs or sperm, or inadequate endometrial receptivity.

You'll usually experience your first ovulation and period within 2-6 weeks after a failed cycle. Consult with your fertility specialist about the next steps.

Lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management can improve overall fertility health. The fertility specialist may also adjust the treatment strategy based on the learnings from the failed cycle.

Yes, it's quite normal. Your first period after a failed IVF may be heavier and more painful than usual due to hormonal changes.

Yes, you can. However, it's recommended to discuss your concerns with your current fertility specialist before making a decision.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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