What to Do When Fertility Treatments Don’t Work

It is heartbreaking to hear that your fertility treatments have failed to produce a baby. You should explore your options and take your body’s recovery time before moving forward. The most important thing you can do is not panic. It is perfectly normal to feel sad and overwhelmed after undergoing unsuccessful fertility treatments. The more time you give your body to heal after each failed cycle, the more likely you’ll be able to move forward.

Identifying problems with IVF cycles

Infertility programs vary, and some are better suited to hard-to-treat cases. The reason for this difference can be simple: successful programs are less likely to use IVF on cases of mild infertility. Conversely, poor success rates can benefit patients who are facing tougher challenges. Some programs are more apt to use IVF on mild cases, and may not share the risks and complications associated with it.

Common reasons for IVF failure

While the process of implantation of an embryo is complex, there are some common reasons for an IVF failure. In most cases, the embryo is not able to attach to the lining of the uterus during the implantation window. There are a number of potential causes of this issue, including an abnormality of the uterus or endometrium. Regardless of the cause, genetic testing may be an option.

Options after a failed cycle

What are your options after a failed cycle of fertility treatments? The first step is to take time off work. You may not have been able to talk to your employer about your treatment when you were still in treatment. If you were working full-time and had to put on a brave face, you likely needed time to mourn the loss of the pregnancy. You can talk to other women who have gone through the same ordeal. Ask them if they’ve tried other methods.

Getting pregnant with multiples after a failed cycle

One woman studied the prospects of conceiving twins after a failed cycle of fertility treatments. Ginny Ryan, a fertility clinic doctor at the University of Iowa, interviewed 110 couples and found that 29% of them intended to have twins when they first came to the clinic. But, they changed their mind after they read the pamphlet and talked to their doctor. Still, some of them were hesitant about the possibility of multiples and were reluctant to take the risk.