The most common symptoms of IVF failure and how to treat them

The most common symptoms of IVF failure and how to treat them-

The engaging advertisements of successful IVF treatments, tabloids issued pitching the banner of IVF can all make it seem that IVF gives a sure-shot success rate. But, unfortunately, nothing comes easy to us!

An IVF treatment records a success rate of 60% in young couples. With parenting age, conceiving a baby can become a strenuous task. We are shown a different reality to it when entertainers and mega-celebrity stars undergo IVF treatment even at the age of 60! Not all we see is true. Believing such propaganda may make us cling to false hopes. IVF treatment is a miracle in itself, and doctors do everything to make it a success. Also, the advent of technology has factualized the dream of growing a family, but nevertheless, it is still accompanied by a few setbacks. 

After the embryo transfer, the mother is filled with anxiousness, trying to note any changes in her body, be it cramping, spotting of blood, or tenderness in the breasts. But, the truth be told, only a positive pregnancy test can assure the successful implantation of the embryo in the uterus. 

On the contrary, if any such sightings are not noted, they do not mark as the symptoms of IVF failure. 

IVF failure can come as a devastating shock to the couples for whom this treatment was ‘a window of light in the darkness.’ But it is best not to jump to conclusions and firstly look into the myriad of reasons why the failure has taken place.

Reasons for IVF failure –

  • Inefficient eggs-

Hormonal therapy is given to the mother prior to the collection of eggs. The sperm and the eggs are then made to fertilize together, giving rise to an embryo. As precise as the treatment is, there are many facets to it. The age factor, in multiple cases, can act as a barrier! It is studied that with growing age, the potency of the women’s eggs can degrade in quality and number, thus, making it difficult to fertilize.

  • Failure of the implantation of the embryo –

The inability to implant comes either due to the unfavourable surrounding of the uterus or a chromosomal defect in the embryo. This factor, too, is a result of the higher age limit of the mother. 

  • Unsuccessful fertilization-

The reason behind this can be the meagre quality of eggs or semen( low count of sperms) The advancing age is the cause of this degrading quality. Doctors can suggest the help of donors to obtain a healthier set of eggs or sperm. In other cases, boosters of injections are given to artificially upgrade the quality of eggs/sperms.

  • Inadequate number of follicles-

The mother having an age of over 35 years, is at a place of producing oocytes that are not of the best quality. The healthy oocytes are altogether not enough to produce the required number of eggs.

  • Lifestyle backdrops-

A healthy lifestyle not only puts you at a bar of acquiring a good life but also increases the chances of pregnancy. Smoking, drinking, obesity have proved to be the ‘evils’ resulting in miscarriages. Having a proper fertility diet is what doctors will swear by to enhance your chances. The stress and pressure of the outside world have become a cause of worry. The result being the hike to miscarriages. It should be taken into consideration that the expecting mother stay away from any kind of perturbation.

Does IVF failure crush the dream of your parenthood forever?

Undergoing an IVF treatment can be very overwhelming in the first place. With the news of an IVF failure, things might come to a sudden stop for you. Bearing its emotional impact can be very heavy, and you may find yourself at a crossroad, wondering, “what’s next?”

The vital step after such a loss is to support your partner and consult your doctor. Take a brave step in siding up with your profound sadness and reach out to the best IVF doctor in Delhi to discuss your issue.

Although you are dealing with a heart-breaking situation, there are other alternatives that you can look into. 

  • A second time attempt-

Go over to your doctor, randomizing the factors that may have resulted in the failure, and work on the possibilities to rule out the detrimental issues. Mostly, the cause of an IVF failure may be the advancing age or the stressful environmental factors. Both of these reasons can be very well taken care of by few necessary measures.

  • A donor of egg or semen-

In case of a high parenting age, which is lowering down the quality of your fertilizing factors(eggs/sperms). Take the help of a third-party donor to provide you with a healthy egg or semen.

  • Surrogacy-

Many a time, the mother is unable to carry the child in her womb. A surrogate mother can help in such cases to bear the baby in her uterus. This is a ubiquitous method advised by the doctors to higher age group couples. The surrogate mother is no carrying any similarity to the baby genetically. Eggs and semen are retrieved from the ‘parents to be.’ The only care taken is that a thorough check-up of the gestational carrier is done in terms of psychology and physical fitness. The parents mostly choose a surrogate mother with whom they share a close bond with. 

  • Adoption-

Choosing this option can be a mark to a very noble act. A child gets a family, and in your case, a dream comes true!

Do not lose hope!

After an unsuccessful IVF treatment, many people give up, not daring to take the next step. But a failed IVF treatment should not kill your zeal to ‘form a family.’ There are infinite ways that can still be taken after the loss you have faced.  You can refer to a few of the best infertility specialists in Delhi to share your concerns with. 

‘Getting pregnant and having a baby is never easy, but surely it’s worth all the triumphs.’ Do not give up before you see the face of your miniature self!

Dr. Sowjanya Aggarwal

Dr. Sowjanya Aggarwal is a Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist with Professional experience of over 15 years in Clinical Practice.
With a holistic and compassionate approach to patient care, Dr. Sowjanya clearly presents treatment options and strives to individualize management plans using best available evidence and state-of-the-art technology.

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