Failed IVF: What to do next
If IVF fails, it can be devastating for you and your partner. Your immediate reaction might be extreme, but you should in no way blame yourself, and it does not mean you can’t have a baby.
Once you’ve come to terms with this outcome, it’s time to take the next steps in your fertility journey. Here are some of the things you can do following this difficult time.
See a counsellor
It’s important that you understand, this isn’t your fault. You’re not alone in this situation, as many people have experienced a failure in the IVF procedure.
The first step you should take is to speak to an expert counsellor, to help you talk through your issues and let you know that you’re supported.
A counsellor will have ample experience in supporting couples through this testing time, so are well equipped to provide a wealth of information on how to approach your next cycle and safely unload your feelings.
Cycle review with a consultant
The next person you should meet with after your failed IVF is your fertility consultant. It’s important for your consultant to review everything that’s happened, as well as outline why the cycle may have failed, and then make any necessary adjustments for your next attempt.
Sometimes no changes can be made, and so the answer is just to try again. Collective expertise can be used to identify why your treatment didn’t work.
Reduce further risks of IVF failure
Although sometimes the IVF procedure can fail for no real reason, there are some lifestyle factors that you have direct control over.
Some of these things include drinking and smoking – both of which can be reduced – and your diet. Improving habits like these can have a direct effect on eradicating your trouble getting pregnant.
Alongside these physical changes, you should never ignore the power of the mind. While you may feel things are hopeless, de-stressing and thinking positively can really help to relax your body and produce the endorphins that you need.
Consider additional treatments
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, IVF is the natural first choice. However, there are treatments that you can have alongside IVF, which can help increase your success rate.
For example, the ICSI or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, sees a single sperm selected and injected directly into the eggs, bypassing the natural fertilisation process. This is then inserted into the patient and carried to full term. IVF is very similar, although here, sperm and eggs are added together and left overnight to fertilise naturally.
IMSI, or Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection, is a variation on the ICSI procedure. The process for this treatment is almost the same as the ICSI procedure, the only difference being the way sperm are chosen. A very high powered lens is used to see the sperm in greater detail during the selection process. The aim of this is to improve the chance of pregnancy.
If you’re facing failed IVF treatment, and you don’t know what your next steps are, hopefully this post will help you move in the right direction. For advice, always speak to your fertility consultant, because they’ll be best placed to help you.