Next Steps after Nine Failed Cycles of IVF
I have nine failed cycles of IVF, five fresh and four frozen with blastocysts. What do you think that I should do next? I would appreciate any advice.
A: Fantastic question, because clearly there is something to be done differently. Essentially there’s unexplained, minor factors, that can be getting in the way.
Of course with any fertility clinic, we need to ask about lab practices and best practice in around how things are being done, type of culture media, the freezer they use, the technicians, how’s the substrate.
All of those things are going to make a huge difference when it comes to IVF. It can absolutely make the difference between having a baby or not so we need to start there, with the lab. Asking questions and making sure that you are going to the best possible IVF clinic is definitely a good thing to do.
Then we need to ask “what is it that you could do in order to optimize your chances?” and there is a whole lot of things in the methods that we apply within the clinic, that could help your situation.
We often get couples that have gone through multiple cycles of failed IVFs being able to conceive. There are sometimes physical aspects, biochemical aspects, even emotional aspects can get in the way which we help them identify and address.
Also we need to ensure that you’ve got all the things in place, that you need to have in place. Understanding what you and your partner are bringing to the table and how to improve your contribution to the situation. That’s going to be a huge factor in ensuring that you’ve got the best possible outcome as far as IVF cycles are concerned.
You definitely want to change what it is that you do. Understanding more about what you can change is going to be really important and that’s where the #FertilityChallenge can really make a difference, in terms of developing/enhancing your understanding of all the things you can do, each day, to proactively improve your chances.