First IVF failed - when to try again?
If you're dealing with infertility, you're probably aware that there's a wealth of information about therapies available. With so much information, the procedure can appear to be perplexing and daunting. That's why it's crucial to speak with a fertility doctor to receive all of the details. For example, there is some disagreement over how long you should wait between IVF cycles. Again, it's best to consult your doctor, but in the meanwhile, we've compiled some useful information for you to consider.
Suggested Intervals Between Cycles
While everyone is different, one full menstrual cycle is the normal time between IVF cycles. A new IVF cycle should not be performed twice in two months without a menstrual cycle in between. For most women, this means waiting 4 to 6 weeks following the embryo transfer and negative pregnancy test before starting another complete cycle. Having back-to-back IVF rounds refers to doing this numerous times in succession.
The term "delayed" refers to cycles that are spaced further apart. There is no statistically significant difference in pregnancy or birth rates between cycles performed immediately and cycles performed later, according to research conducted for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Physical Benefits of Taking a Break
There are physiologic reasons why a woman should take a break between cycles in some situations. The drugs used to stimulate the ovaries may cause inflammation. While this isn't normally a problem, many doctors believe that waiting for the inflammation to decrease before starting a new cycle is a good idea. Even if they don't start a new stimulation cycle, some clinics will proceed with a frozen embryo transfer after a fresh IVF cycle.
Mental and Emotional Health
Another reason to take a break is for emotional and mental wellness, whether it's for the suggested one menstrual cycle or longer. It's often necessary to take a step back for a while so you can focus on something other than IVF. Fertility journeys may be stressful and exhausting, so taking a break can be beneficial. It might also help if you receive some stress reduction and rest.
Many people, though, find it difficult to make that decision. After a cycle that hasn't resulted in a pregnancy, it may feel as if the clock is ticking louder and quicker. Some people have the idea that they should rush through the procedure and that taking breaks will slow things down. Others profit from a break in the cycle. If you're concerned about taking a break because of your age, talk to your doctor about the best course of action.
If you opt to take a gap in between, you'll almost certainly be thinking about getting pregnant. You may use that time to study new stress-relieving techniques. You might also decide to investigate additional methods, such as using frozen embryos or donated eggs or embryos.
Finally, some people require a respite due to financial constraints. Unfortunately, even fertility treatment insurance policies do not cover everything. As a result, it may be necessary to suspend treatments in order to analyse the situation and make plans for the following cycle. We price our services properly at Carolinas Fertility Institute, so you don't have to worry about getting overcharged for your treatments. For more information on how treatment can be made affordable for you, see our funding page.
A Personal Choice
As you can see, taking a break between IVF rounds is a personal choice that you should make based on how you feel and what your fertility physician recommends. When your doctor says it's okay, you can start another cycle if you're physically and emotionally ready. The most important thing to remember is to pay attention to your body and emotions. Your fertility doctor should collaborate with you to determine the optimal treatment plan for your specific situation.
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