Are Women Giving Up on the IVF Process Too Soon?

You’ve been trying to get pregnant for some time.

You’ve tried acupuncture. Vaginal steaming. Various diets.

Even meditation supposedly designed to help you get pregnant. And now you are trying the IVF process.

Invitro fertilization isn’t a one shot deal. It typically takes at least several cycles to get pregnant.

But what is IVF? And how does it work?

About The IVF Process

IVF is a process where eggs are fertilized with sperm outside the woman’s body.

A doctor then implants the embryos into the uterus.

Through a minimally invasive procedure, the doctor stimulates the ovaries to mature more eggs than usual. This is done without ovulation. The eggs are then harvested and fertilized with the partner or donor’s sperm.

Any extra embryos can be frozen for future use. The doctor can confirm pregnancy within a week.

Who Can Get Pregnant With IVF?

Most couples who struggle with infertility try IVF as a treatment.

Other treatments are available and your doctor will guide you through the process of choosing.

Only people who have failed to succeed with other methods should proceed with invitro fertilization.

People who are over 40 might be considered for an earlier utilization of the IVF process. And people who have conditions that might make more natural methods of pregnancy unlikely to succeed should go ahead and try IVF.

How Many Cycles Until You Should Give Up?

You doctor may be giving you old information if you’ve already given up.

Outdated studies said live birth rates declined after four IVF cycles. But a newer study shows that 30% of women have a live birth after their first cycles. But that you have a 69% of having a baby by the ninth cycle.

Many women abandon IVF after three or four cycles because they’ve been given old information.

If you’ve been trying for at least four cycles, don’t give up. Your chance of getting pregnant is still high.

What Factors Affect Success?

  • Age — A major factor in IVF process success is age. Anyone over 37 has less of a chance at pregnancy. And fertility drops significantly for women every year thereafter. But don’t give up if you are over 37. Women over that age can still succeed in getting pregnant.
  • Fertility Problem Type — Fertility problems vary. Just because you have a fertility problem, doesn’t mean you won’t give birth. But if you have more than one fertility problem your chances will be lower.
  • The Use Of Donor Sperm Or Eggs — There are reasons a couple might choose not to use their own gametes. Usually, the reason couples choose donor material is because it will enhance their chances of pregnancy.
  • Additional Procedures — Some extra procedures can be performed along with IVF to enhance the chances of success. Talk to your doctor about these possible options.
  • Number of IVF Cycles — Your past success could be a factor in whether you get pregnant.
  • The Clinic You Go To — Look at a clinic’s success rate if they publish it. This could affect your success.


IVF process is just that. A process.

If it doesn’t work the first few cycles, keep trying.

If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, give Kofinas Fertility Group a call. We would be glad to help you. Start thinking of baby names and read real reviews from patients of Kofinas Fertility Insitute.