Second opinion after failed IVF – A reason to hold onto hope
Author: Dr Jigna Tamagond, Consultant – Fertility Specialist
IVF is a potentially successful fertility treatment that has been the bearer of hope for most of the fertility-challenged couples.
However, there is always a chance for an unfavorable outcome. For a few couples, it might take more than one cycle of IVF to conceive.
Fertility treatments are physically, emotionally, and economically consuming. After a failed IVF cycle, it is only natural if a couple feels hopeless, sad, or even angry. In such cases, take time to grieve, process, and consider getting a second opinion whenever you feel ready.
Why a second opinion?
After undergoing an unsuccessful IVF treatment, it can get overwhelming and challenging to decide the next step. And getting a second opinion could be a difficult decision to make, especially if you are unsure about what is lacking. But sometimes, a second opinion can make all the difference.
1. Review of reasons why previous IVF failed
It gives a fresh perspective on the issues at hand. A second opinion helps understand the causes of previously failed cycles. There are a lot of other reasons for IVF failure, a few of them are:
– Embryo implantation failure
– Low sperm quality
– Genetic abnormalities
2. You will have alternative options
A customized approach and improved diagnostic methods can be opted to boost your chances of getting pregnant in your next IVF cycle.
– Natural pregnancy
Many assume there is no scope for conceiving naturally after opting for IVF. But with proper diagnosis and treatment, one can still get pregnant naturally after a failed IVF.
– Preimplantation Genetic testing (PGT)
Preimplantation Genetic testing (PGS) is an additional testing method that involves testing the embryos to be implanted, for presence of any genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. An existing abnormal gene or genetic abnormalities that occurred during IVF can lead to miscarriage.
– Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA)
Sometimes an embryo fails to implant in the endometrium leading to a failed IVF. ERA analyzes the receptivity factor of the endometrium. This unique technique allows us to determine when the endometrial lining is ready for embryo implantation.
– Donor eggs and sperms
IVF method results in an unsuccessful outcome if there is an issue with the quality of sperm or eggs used in the procedure. In such a case, one might want to consider opting for donor eggs and sperm for improved chances of success.
A failed IVF is not the end of your parenthood dream. Do not give up hope. There are alternatives available, and taking the right step at the right time matters. Consider consulting the right fertility specialist who will be there with you through every step and helps you navigate through the journey.
At Oasis Fertility, we provide our patrons with the best fertility care. Our team of trusted experts and experienced embryologists employ cutting-edge ART technologies. We strive to deliver our best and leave no stone unturned to help you achieve your dream of parenthood.