When IVF fails

21st September 2011 in IVF

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Although assisted reproductive technology has come a long way, sadly there are times when it doesn’t work. Simply, IVF and fertility treatment isn’t a guarantee of a baby, even when science actually puts the sperm and egg together, and even when a sperm is injected directly into the egg in an ICSI procedure.

Failure isn’t something that IVF clinics like to talk about, because making exaggerated promises about treatment success can bring more people through the door. The fact is that failed cycles happen at every fertility clinic in the UK, and indeed around the world.

What’s important is that any clinic is realistic with you about your chance of success. Going off general success statistics is a useful indication when choosing where to go for treatment, but you’re an individual, your medical history and situation is unique. What worked for one woman may not work for you, and vice versa.

And remember that along your fertility journey, you should be offered counselling. IVF and infertility treatment is often referred to as an emotional rollercoaster, and for good reason. The physical and emotional toll on both you and your partner can be tremendous, but it’s why counsellors are there.

At Manchester Fertility, our counselling team have many years in guiding couples through the ups and downs of treatment, and are here right from the start to make sure you and your partner are both fully prepared for your treatment path and how it may affect you both, regardless of the outcome. This support is crucial and we’ve seen time and time again just how much it’s valued by our patients.

You can be assured that when you come to us, we will only ever be open and honest with you, not only about your treatment options but likely success. Combined with our personal approach and level of support, it’s why we’ve helped so many people become parents over the past 25 years. We look forward to helping you. 

Last updated: 20th September 2011