Every patient wants to know what their chances of getting pregnant with IVF are going to be, because they need to know how much time, money and energy they are going to have to invest in pursuit of a baby.

Now the reality is that it's not possible for us to give a very accurate answer before starting the cycle. We know that young patients have a better chance, and older patients have a lesser chance, but this is just an overall generalization, which applies to groups of patients not to individuals.

And you are an individual and don't really care about what's happening to the other patients in my clinic - you only want to know what's going happen to you !

Please remember that our ability to give you an accurate number increases a lot more after we've done an IVF cycle, because we then have a much better idea of what your ovarian response is; how good your embryo quality is; and how your endometrium grows.

This means you need to be patient if you want a truthful answer. If you pressurize the doctor into giving you a number, we will trot a generic figure out, but it is going to be extremely imprecise and inaccurate, and may confuse you.

So sometimes you need to ask yourself, "Why am I asking the doctor this question? Will the answer change my decision, whether it is 30% or 40% ? " And if it will not, then please go ahead and do your IVF with a smile !

But wont the number help you to compare clinics, and decide which one to choose ? I wish this was true, but in India its not, because every clinic claims a success rate of over 60% per cycle even if their real success rate is 10% ! Sadly, there is no way for patients to verify these claims, which is a tragedy !

You can download the IVF comic book free at https://www.drmalpani.com/pdf/IVF_COMIC_BOOK.pdf and this will help you make better decisions !

Or you can send me your medical details by filling in the form at www.drmalpani.com/free-second-opinion so that I can guide you !

Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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