Going Into IVF Ready for Success

Going Into IVF Ready for Success Going Into IVF Ready for Success

Going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be one of the most overwhelming experiences in your life. Multiple doctor visits, injections, medications, and exams, and the high cost – IVF is stressful!

With all of the difficult factors involved, it is completely normal to be concerned about whether IVF will be successful for you. While no one can guarantee whether IVF will help you conceive, we can share some factors that may help to boost your chances of IVF success.

Ways you can boost IVF success
Here are some of the key factors that affect IVF success rates:

1. Age
The younger the woman, the higher the IVF success rates. Just like the chances for natural conception, IVF success rates decline as women age. As we age, we are less likely to get pregnant and are more likely to experience miscarriages. Dr. Estil Strawn from Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Reproductive Medicine Center advises you to listen to recommendations of your fertility team. He says, "Proceed forward if at all possible. Even delays of six months may significantly reduce your likelihood of success."

To boost your chances of IVF success, start as early as you can. 

2. Type of Fertility Problem
Different fertility problems can lower IVF success rates. The following problems are linked with lower chances for IVF success:

- Recurrent miscarriage
- Uterine abnormalities
- Issues with sperm health

To boost your chances of IVF success, get a thorough evaluation of both you and your partner before you begin.

3. Lifestyle habits
Non-smokers and women at a healthy body weight may have higher in vitro fertilization success rates. If you smoke or are at an unhealthy weight, ask your doctor about changing your lifestyle habits. Dr. Strawn also recommends that you "stop smoking and make every attempt to achieve an ideal body weight through the use of exercise and diet - as determined by your fertility team."

Your past sexual health matters, too. Women with a history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may have lower IVF success rates.

To boost your chances of IVF success, get tested and treated for STDS, stop smoking, and achieve a healthy weight.

4. Clinic practices 
Of course, high IVF success rates are what you want to see when you interview fertility centers. Yet it is important to dig deeper for the facts. Ask more questions to understand how IVF success rates are compiled and reported at your clinic.  

You can ask for a breakdown of the reported IVF success rates by age and diagnosis. A comparison of the in vitro fertilization statistics against your personal fertility situation can give you a better idea of your possible outcome and IVF success rate.

Some additional ways to boost your success? Commit to trying IVF at least 3 times to increase your chances of IVF success.earn more about financing multiple IVF cycles and increasing your chances of IVF success with the  Attain IVF Program

If you have gotten pregnant with IVF in the past, you may have a better chance of conceiving this time, too. No doctor will be able to “guarantee” a healthy pregnancy after IVF, but you can get a good idea of your potential for success with IVF by doing your homework and following your doctor's recommendations.


Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Success Rates