trying after ivf failures

How soon after a failed IVF can I try again

Dr. Narhari Malagoankar says, “If we were about to summarize all the thoughts accumulating after a failed IVF cycle, it would be just one question: “Why did my IVF cycle fail?”

Although IVF is one of the most successful fertility treatments, sometimes it addresses a wide range of fertility issues and does not always work on the first try.”

There can be various reasons for repeated IVF failures, and finding answers to all the questions might give a little relief. But what after that? What next after a failed IVF cycle?

There is a ton of information available about fertility treatments on the internet, but all that information can make the process seem confusing and overwhelming.

That’s why it’s important to talk to a fertility specialist to get the facts straight.

Thus, for your convenience, we’ve rounded up some helpful information for you to consider in the meantime.

The below points can help take proper steps:

Spacing between IVF cycles

The optimal spacing between IVF cycles is determined by various factors, some of which are age, fertility health, and emotional well-being.

Furthermore, IVF spacing may be determined by whether the cycle will begin from the beginning (requiring ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval) or whether frozen embryos from a prior cycle are available for use.

“The doctors at Progenesis Fertility Center look at the details of each couple’s situation when determining the spacing between IVF cycles. There are some general guidelines to follow, mentions Dr. Narhari Malagonkar, Chief IVF Consultant at Progenesis Fertility Center.”

  • Firstly, get an honest estimate from your IVF doctor on your chances of success with a second IVF try.
  • A fresh IVF cycle should not be done two months in a row without a menstrual cycle in between.
  • The standard spacing between IVF cycles should be around four to six weeks after a negative pregnancy test.
  • It is ideal to wait until the patient has gone through at least one full menstrual cycle before starting another round of IVF cycles.


Why do I need a break after a failed IVF cycle?

After an unsuccessful IVF cycle, many women are understandably eager to try again. Although waiting four to six weeks may seem like a long time, there are some other reasons why this small break is advised.

  • For the inflammation to subside: The medications used for ovarian stimulation are likely to cause inflammation in the reproductive system. Although inflammation is not a major factor to worry about, most doctors agree that it is better to wait for it to subside before beginning another IVF round.


  • Reduce stress/ anxiety: Any fertility treatment can be stressful if unsuccessful. Hence, it is necessary to take a break and focus on something else in the meantime and let the mind unwind a bit.


  • Financial considerations: IVF treatment is pricey. Hence, sometimes taking a break is necessary to get finances in order and prepare to pay for another cycle of treatment.


  • A personal decision:  Taking a break between IVF rounds is a personal choice that you should make based on how you feel and what your fertility specialist recommends. If you are physically and emotionally ready for another cycle, you can start another cycle when your doctor gives the ok.

The most important thing to do is listen to your body and feelings. Your fertility doctor should cooperate with you to choose the best treatment plan for your situation.

Preparing for your next IVF cycle

“After the first failed IVF cycle, our doctors will study and analyze your case to understand what went wrong with the procedure and whether we need to make any changes for the next cycle,” says Dr. Malagoankar.

He further adds, “Our doctors will discuss the issues with you and let you know the further procedures. But there is little for you to prepare for the next cycle of the treatment other than maintaining good mental and physical health.”

It is necessary to prepare yourself following in the weeks leading up to a second IVF cycle:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet that is high in nutrients
  • Staying physically active but avoiding high-impact activities
  • Finding moments to relax and let the mind focus (yoga, meditation, deep breathing, etc.)


Overall, IVF success rates are only slightly lower for second attempts as compared to first IVF tries. In most cases, couples with the best egg quality are more likely to get pregnant on their first try, but this is balanced out to some extent by potentially learning from the first failed cycle and making adjustments to maximize success for the second IVF attempt.

If you would like more information about proceeding with fertility treatment after a failed IVF cycle, the doctors at Progenesis Fertility Center, IVF center in Pune, would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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