What happens to your body after failed IVF and what to do next?
A failed IVF procedure can be heartbreaking for both you and your partner. IVF is difficult on the body and on the mind, and nothing can truly prepare you for it. One of the most unexpected aspects is feeling disconnected from your body.
IVF necessitates the administration of hormones, which effectively asks your body to mature a large number of eggs prior to ovulation in the hopes of obtaining a viable and healthy one (or more) that will fertilise. The injections sometimes have the effect of separating you from your body.
Top 7 changes to your body after IVF:
1. Physical changes It's not uncommon for women to gain weight throughout IVF procedures. Hormone injections can influence your weight as well as your appetite. Additionally, your tummy will feel bloated and your jeans will feel tight depending on how many eggs develop or if you suffer any minor ovarian hyperstimulation. This is natural and will go away once your period starts or after a few weeks of pregnancy.
2. Feeling emotional - As if extra hormones in your body weren't enough to make you upset, the first IVF treatment can be overwhelming for some individuals. Expect to be moved by your experiences. It is permissible.
3. Being distracted Some women have told us that they had "pregnancy brain" while undergoing IVF. It's understandable, given that many patients are juggling professions and other responsibilities in addition to therapies and thinking about treatment outcomes. It's pretty typical to be distracted or forgetful.
4. Increased appetite While this does not occur in all individuals, some may report an increase in hunger. While some drugs may enhance your appetite, an increased urge to eat is more typically due to emotional factors. Just keep in mind to eat well.
5. Shots Unless you're performing natural cycle in vitro fertilisation (NC-IVF), you'll almost certainly have to inject follicle-stimulating and ovulation-regulating hormones via small needles every day. Each patient receives a different dosage of medication and receives shots at a varied frequency. You may also have your blood drawn during visits to receive a detailed examination of your hormone levels. The majority of patients are astonished by how painless the daily doses are.
7. Gastrointestinal changes - Constipation, diarrhoea, and loose stools are all frequent problems among IVF patients. To combat digestive difficulties, make sure to drink enough of water and eat meals high in fibre.
You may be disoriented, dissatisfied, and unhappy. But you aren't ready to give up your ambition of starting a family just yet. What are your plans for the future with your partner?
When it comes to infertility treatments, each couple or person takes a different road. Of course, the mainstream media, magazine covers, and entertainment shows portray IVF as a walk in the park. Actresses and entertainers over the age of 40 appear to experience success after success. But keep in mind that those magazines and TV tabloid shows are in it for the money, so you'll see very little, if any, of the genuine tale behind their infertility.
There are a variety of reasons why IVF fails. When it comes to characterizing a therapy that doesn't result in a viable pregnancy, the term "IVF Failure" is a little hazy. There are various options for dealing with a failed IVF cycle, ranging from another IVF round to third-party fertility help to adoption.
REASONS WHY IVF DOESN'T WORK
Despite its effectiveness, fertility treatment, particularly IVF, is a delicate and exact science. Both the eggs and the sperm must be viable and fertile. The embryo must be healthy as a result of the fertilisation. In the uterus, that embryo must implant properly. The embryo must continue to develop once it has been placed. There are numerous factors that contribute to IVF success, as well as numerous reasons for IVF failure. Here are a few of the most prevalent reasons for your IVF failure.
Your eggs were not viable for the following reasons: Fertility medications are used to cause the ovaries to become overstimulated. This causes a large number of oocytes, or eggs, to be released. When the eggs are collected, they are combined with the sperm to make fertilisation easier. In rare situations, most usually due to age, a woman's eggs are insufficient to fertilise effectively. Your eggs begin to drop in quantity and quality when you reach your mid- to late-thirties.
Fertilization did not succeed out: Fertilization may or may not occur in some instances. This could be due to the eggs' or sperm's quality.
The embryo was not implanted: An embryo's failure to implant might be caused by one of two factors. The first is that the embryo's environment in the uterus is insufficient to support it. Endometrium, scar tissue, or an undiscovered, pre-existing disease could all be at blame. The second reason embryos fail to implant is often due to a chromosomal defect in the embryo. Your embryos must undergo PGT (preimplantation genetic testing) to determine their genetic health, which is critical to the success of IVF. This examination greatly increases the likelihood of a successful implantation. Women over 35 are more likely to have chromosomal defective eggs, and the risk increases as they get older.
IVF cycles may be cancelled if there are insufficient follicles: The number of viable follicles may not be enough to produce an acceptable number of eggs if the patient (and hence her ovaries) is over 35. This may usually be avoided by using a "age appropriate" dose/type of ovarian stimulation medication.
Factors affecting one's lifestyle: There's no denying that you want to be the best possible IVF candidate. This could imply having a healthy lifestyle and adhering to a decent fertility diet. Smoking will have a direct impact on the success of your IVF procedure. Women who smoke require twice as many IVF attempts to conceive, and they have a far higher risk of miscarriage. You're more likely to have a failed IVF cycle whether you're underweight or overweight.
What TO DO NEXT?
After a failed IVF, it's vital to grieve. Even if the IVF didn't result in an embryo, the emotional impact is as devastating as the loss of a pregnancy. You'll feel gloomy and depressed for a long time. It's quite normal, but you should consult your doctor about it. Before proceeding with your treatment, you and your partner should get help.
Consider the following possibilities while deciding on your next steps:
Another IVF attempt: Consult with Dr. Malpani to see if any alterations to the IVF cycle are necessary. It's not unusual for successful IVF to take multiple attempts. PGT may be recommended depending on the reason for the previous failed IVF.
Third-party donor: Donor eggs may be the solution for women who have insufficient or non-viable eggs. Donors are thoroughly screened and under the age of 30, ensuring that their eggs are in good health.
Surrogacy: Some women are unable to bring a fertilised embryo to term for various reasons. Even after successful IVF, this can result in the embryo failing to implant or in recurring miscarriages. The embryo and the surrogate are not genetically linked. You and your lover are the only ones left. She is nothing more than a gestational carrier. Many couples resort to someone they know and have a relationship with. Others choose among surrogates who have been contacted through advertisements. Once your surrogate has been chosen, she will be subjected to a psychological and medical evaluation.
YES, YOU DO HAVE CHOICES.
It's comforting to know that you have options if you aren't ready to give up on having a family through reproductive treatments. Speak with Dr. Malpani about your concerns following a failed IVF cycle. Under the care and compassionate supervision of our medical and support personnel, seek alternative treatment or testing and evaluation.
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