Different IVF protocol, or switch to donor eggs?

My wife and I have just experienced our 3rd failed IVF cycle, and are currently weighing up whether to try again on a different protocol ("flare"), or to look at the option of donor eggs. Up to now, we consistently get at least 1 "intermediate" grade embryo to transfer (typically grade 3, on a 1-4 scale, with 4 being top), from a relatively low number of eggs collected, on a long IVF protocol. We are both 38. Appreciate you can't give detailed personal advice via this forum, but any general thoughts very welcome. Many thanks.

Our Expert's Answer

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Please note that all the answers we give are on a generic basis only, as we cannot provide more in-depth answers without access to your medical history. If you need a more detailed response, tailored to you, we would recommend a consultation with one of our Fertility Specialists for more comprehensive medical advice.

It would certainly be beneficial to study the detail of your treatment cycles. Generally at age 38, the chances of success are in the range of 30-35% (1 in 3). Embryo quality is a very important indicator but we also need to consider other factors like uterine receptivity. If reasonable embryo qualities were seen, we would definitely recommend to plan further treatment but after careful planning.

Here at Manchester Fertility we take great care to prepare you for a tailored treatment to maximise chances while, in the same time giving you realistic expectations.

Donor egg treatment always offers you a higher chance and if this would be your choice we are here to guide you through, starting with supportive counselling.