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Understanding Top 10 reasons Why Embryos May Not Grow in IVF

| 21 Jun 2023 | 1718 Views |


Life, in its simplest form, begins as a single cell. It’s an awe-inspiring reality, isn’t it? Especially when you consider the delicate dance that in-vitro fertilization (IVF) entails. But the journey isn’t always as straightforward as one might hope. One hurdle that leaves many individuals scratching their heads is why the embryo might not be growing during IVF.

Reasons Behind Embryo Growth Failure in IVF

let’s delve into the top 10 reasons that could potentially lead to embryo growth failure during In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). It’s essential to note, though, that each case is unique and what affects one might not affect another.

  • Chromosomal or Genetic Abnormalities: Embryos inherit chromosomes from both parents. If there are irregularities in the number or structure of these chromosomes, the embryo might not grow.
  • Poor Embryo Quality: Not all embryos are created equal. Factors such as the egg and sperm quality contribute to the overall quality of the embryo. Lower quality embryos may struggle to develop.
  • Implantation Failure: Sometimes, the embryo might fail to attach itself to the uterine lining, a process known as implantation.
  • Suboptimal Embryo Transfer Technique: The skill and technique of the fertility expert performing the transfer can influence the success of the procedure.
  • Inadequate Endometrial Receptivity: The uterus’s readiness to accept the embryo, known as endometrial receptivity, is crucial. If the uterus isn’t ready, it might hinder the embryo’s growth.
  • Uterine Abnormalities: Issues such as fibroids, polyps, or a septum can interfere with the embryo’s ability to implant and grow.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: The right balance of hormones is crucial for pregnancy. An imbalance can prevent the embryo from developing further.
  • Immune System Disorders: Sometimes, the body’s immune system might mistakenly attack the embryo, considering it as a foreign body, thus hindering its growth.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Smoking, alcohol, excessive caffeine, and obesity can negatively affect the embryo’s growth and development.
  • Undiagnosed Health Conditions: Certain health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, thyroid disorders, or undiagnosed celiac disease can interfere with the implantation and growth of an embryo.
  • Embryo Quality: It’s not always a case of survival of the fittest. Even embryos that look like they’ve got the “right stuff” can falter due to underlying genetic abnormalities.
  • Uterine Conditions: If the embryo’s new home isn’t up to par, implantation can become a rocky road. Conditions like fibroids or a thin endometrium can hamper the embryo’s ability to latch on.
  • Hormonal Imbalance: Hormones, those pesky chemical messengers, are vital to pregnancy. If they’re out of whack, it can put the kibosh on the embryo’s growth.


The journey of IVF is indeed a rollercoaster, full of thrilling highs and frustrating lows. Understanding why an embryo may not grow in IVF can help us be better prepared for the ride and assist us in making informed decisions. Remember, it’s not about the fall, but how we rise again.

At India IVF Fertility, we’re committed to being your trusted partner on this journey. With our centers in Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon, we stand at the forefront of fertility care, dedicated to helping you navigate through the challenges, so that one day, you may hold your little miracle in your arms.


Even top-tier embryos can fail to implant due to a variety of factors, such as abnormal chromosomes, poor endometrial receptivity, or unfavorable hormonal conditions.

Yes, unfortunately. An embryo can stop growing due to reasons like genetic abnormalities or unfavorable uterine conditions.

Absolutely not! A failed IVF cycle is undoubtedly disheartening but it is not the end of the road. Subsequent cycles, changes in protocol, or alternative fertility treatments could lead to success.

This varies from person to person. Some individuals might achieve success in their first cycle, while others may need multiple attempts.

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. Common reasons could include poor embryo quality, unsuitable uterine conditions, or hormonal imbalances.

Embryo quality is largely influenced by genetic factors. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can play a supportive role.

Yes, age can impact both egg quality and quantity, affecting the success rate of IVF.

This is highly individualized and should be discussed with your fertility specialist. It usually ranges from one to three menstrual cycles.

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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