What we do if IVF fails

6th February 2018 in Treatments

Here at Manchester Fertility we welcome many couples who have sadly had failed cycles elsewhere; and indeed we also have instances, as does every fertility clinic (both private and NHS) where treatment doesn’t go as we all hope and IVF doesn’t work as quickly as we all want it to.

IVF is never a guarantee of a family, success rates - although consistent - are not 100% no matter which clinic you go to, although treatment is getting more advanced as technology progresses and improvements are happening all the time.

Coping with the disappointment of a failed cycle is hard. But please be assured that we are here to help you through it, you will not be alone and our many years in helping people to have a family through infertility treatment means we do understand how you and your partner may be feeling and what you’re thinking . So what happens if your pregnancy test is negative following your treatment?

We always follow-up any negative results with our specialised team. We will sit with you and carefully analyse the cycle which didn’t work. There could be any number of factors why on this occasion it didn’t work, and often it can be difficult to identify one specific reason why the cycle has failed.  It’s important to remember that your age, your lifestyle (weight, smoking and alcohol intake for example), how well you respond to stimulation, sperm quality, egg quality, embryo quality and embryo transfer can all have bearing on the outcome.

As we do plan your personal treatment path carefully at the beginning of your journey based on your individual test results and diagnosis, many issues which can affect IVF outcome would typically be identified early on so we can alter your treatment accordingly to give you the best chance of success. We will look to see if there are any changes to treatment protocol we can make, and give you a realistic idea of what your success rate is to help you become a family.

We will always be open and honest with you and we do offer additional, evidence-based treatments – such as DHEA if you have poor ovarian reserve, endometrial scratching or blastocyst transfer –to help you achieve success.  Having one failed cycle doesn’t mean you’ll never have a family, but please be assured that we will never put you through continuous failed cycles if we believe a different approach is called for.

Why not come and meet our highly-experienced team for yourself, to see why so many people trust us to help them have a baby. Book in for a free, personal one-to-one - we’d be more than happy to meet you and answer any questions you have.

Last updated: 13th January 2020