Rest and Heal

After a failed IVF cycle, a woman should rest and resist the temptation to worry over all of the ways she could have prevented it. Maintain a healthy emotional state, and consider that natural pregnancies are as rare as IVF pregnancies. Infertile women and couples may also want to avoid getting into situations where they’ll have to hear about someone else’s pregnancy news at this time. So, take some time away from other and just focus on staying emotionally healthy.


Begin Another Cycle

Some women choose to begin another cycle of IVF immediately after a failed attempt. Studies show that second and third attempts in IVF lead to a greater overall chance of success. Because of this, many fertility clinics offer payment programs that include subsequent rounds. Therefore, in these situations, fertility clinics may have already scheduled the second and third attempt for IVF. It is not that they are anticipating failure; they are simply preparing for it just in case.

Attend a review of previous cycle

Repeated attempts don’t benefit everyone. Sometimes, trying again won’t change the outcome, and in these cases, continued attempts simply increase cost without increasing chances of success. Fertility doctors evaluate the cause of failure for each IVF attempt. In certain cases,  the specialist may suggest another fertility treatment option  or, he or she may suggest a medical treatment for the women or her partner, in order to increase odds of success. The best thing to do is remain open to a variety of options.


How Long to Wait Before Next IVF Attempt?


First, anyone who’s had a failed IVF treatment should wait a little while to process everything. Then, consider all of the options.


Age: IVF succeeds more often with younger women than with older women. Therefore, a fertility specialist may consider the age of a woman in determining how long to wait before the next IVF attempt. For example, a 42-year-old woman cannot wait as long as a 28-year-old woman, as each 6 months decreases chances of success.

Multiple/consecutive cycles: Some women opt into special plans that anticipate multiple or consecutive cycles. In those cases, the next attempt could be immediate or spaced out based on preferences or cost.

Special considerations for Surrogate IVF: If a couple chooses to use a surrogate, the time between IVF attempts depends largely on the surrogate’s willingness to continue undergoing treatment.


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