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As you embark on your fertility journey, you will want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of getting pregnant. If you have been diagnosed with infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, particularly in vitro fertilization (IVF), might help you conceive. Many couples agree that going through IVF is very stressful, especially for those who face multiple rounds. However, recent studies have shown that most women will conceive within three IVF cycles. To boost your chances of conceiving with IVF, consider following your clinic’s course of treatment plan, which may include committing to several rounds of IVF.

Choosing a Fertility Clinic

Researching infertility clinics can be overwhelming, especially if you live in a large city with multiple clinics nearby. As you review the clinics success statistics often published on their websites remember that your age, diagnosis, and health history interplay and influence your chances of conceiving. It is also recommended that success rates for the procedure are discussed with your Fertility Specialist at your consultation.

When discussing success rates with your FS remember that pregnancy rates decrease after you reach your early to mid-30s. After age 37, your chances of getting pregnant with IVF drop again. Pay attention to live birth success rates of women your age with similar diagnoses and treatment plans. For instance, you may want to ask your doctor if you qualify for fertility treatments like medications and artificial insemination that cost less and have fewer side effects than IVF. You may also question the doctor about the number of embryos that he or she prefers to implant during IVF. Consider all your options; if a doctor promises that you will conceive during your first IVF cycle, you may want to choose another clinic that is more honest and straightforward about the reality of IVF.

How many IVF cycles?

The number of IVF cycles that you choose to undergo plays a considerable factor in your success with IVF. A doctor in a Swedish hospital, Dr. Catharina Olivius, studied almost a thousand women going through IVF treatment. She noticed that women who underwent three IVF cycles had a 66 percent chance of conceiving, higher than couples that only went through one or two cycles. In her research, she noted that many couples dropped out before their third cycle, often because of financial or mental strain. But those that persevered with a third cycle were most likely to get pregnant.

The lesson here? Even with the struggles associated with IVF, try and approach this as a course of treatment and prepare yourself to undergo at least three cycles of treatment before calling it quits. The chance of success with three cycles is in your favour but after 3 cycles the chances of success begins to decline.

Financial considerations

Paying for one IVF cycle is costly, not to mention multiple cycles. Ask your doctor about the costs of different treatments and find out about different drug costs from different pharmacies. It is important to understand all of your financing options before starting any course of infertility treatment.

– content curtesy of Resolve