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    in vitro fertilisation (ivf)

    What is the Success Rate for First Time IVF Procedures?

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    The success rate for first time IVF procedures is 40 percent for woman below 35 years of age, which decreases with increase in age. With OVO these rates can increase in excess to 79%. IVF success rate depends on a lot of factors from the standard of the hospital to the quality of eggs and implantation procedures.

    Infertility treatment is more successful today than ever. With constant research and development in medical science and technology, the fertility field is gaining more experience to perform treatments with precision and minimum complications. With this advancement in technology, more and more people are having success with IVF treatments and dream of becoming a parent is now becoming a reality for most infertile couples. However, there is no guarantee that your first IVF cycle will result in success. Nobody can predict what the outcome will be, especially if you’re older than 35, you are more likely to need a second IVF cycle before you finally conceive. There are various factors that determine the success rate for the first time IVF procedure

    In this article, we will look at:

    1. What are the chances of getting pregnant with IVF?
    2. What is the success rate of IVF on the first try?
    3. How age affects live birth per IVF success?
    4. What factors affect IVF success?

    1. What are the chances of getting pregnant with IVF?

    Many women think that their odds of IVF success on the first cycle are 80 percent or more, but unfortunately, that is not accurate. (2) Even young and fertile couples have just a 40 to 43 percent chance of getting pregnant during their first IVF treatment. Women with the best chances of IVF success have rates of 50 percent, which increases per cycle, while the majority of women have per-cycle success rates of 20 to 35 percent. (1)

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    2. What is the success rate of IVF on the first try?

    IVF success rates of different hospitals are also available online at our website OVO You can look up the IVF success rates or find rates for individual clinics before you choose an IVF clinic for your treatment. (3) The success rates generally depend on the woman's age since as the quality of eggs decrease as a woman gets older. The IVF success rates go down if her egg quality is low. According to the data collected, these are the success rates during the first IVF cycle when using own eggs. However, the IVF success rate may increase when donor eggs or donor sperms are used to creating healthy embryos. (4)
    Live Births per IVF cycle:

    • For women younger than 35, the percentage of live births on the first IVF cycle is 40 to 43 percent
    • For women between 35 to 37 years, the percentage of live births on the first IVF cycle is 33 to 36 percent.
    • For women between 38 to 40 years, the percentage of live births on the first IVF cycle is 20 to 26 percent.
    • For women between 41 to 42 years, the percentage of live births on the first IVF cycle is 13 to 18 percent.
    • For women between 43 years and up, the percentage of live births on the first IVF cycle is below 10 percent.

    As per the data, the IVF success rate goes down significantly after age 40. For this reason, most women with 40 years of age and above use donor eggs, as the success rates when using donor eggs are not dependent on the woman's age. The percentage of live births per cycle with donor eggs, is - 43.5 percent. It's interesting to note that IVF success rates using donor eggs are higher than a young woman using her own eggs. Donor eggs offer the best chance for success.

    3. How age affects live birth per IVF success?

    Age: The quality of eggs and sperms degrades with age, therefore, a woman under 35 years have better chances of IVF success than a woman above 40 using her own eggs. (5) To use own eggs or to use donor eggs is an important factor to consider when deciding for IVF procedure. An older woman may also have fewer eggs or sometimes absent, in which case she will have to use donor eggs. The chances of IVF success drastically fall as women reach 40 years of age. Sometimes donor sperms are also used in case the man does not have enough sperms to conceive naturally. (6)

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    Pregnancy Records: Your previous pregnancy records also play a big role in determining IVF success. If you were pregnant previously with the same partner who is currently undergoing IVF treatment, there is a greater probability of IVF success. Factors such as previous pregnancy, recurrent miscarriage or a different partner may reduce IVF success rate. The complications faced during pregnancy such as premature birth or abnormal birth also determine the success of live and healthy birth. 

    Type of Infertility Problem: The types of fertility problems faced by infertile couples can also hamper the IVF success. Factors like uterine abnormalities, low sperm concentration, exposure to Diethylstilbestrol (DES), or fibroid tumors decrease the success rate of IVF. IVF success rates are dependent on ovulation so ovarian dysfunction, like high FSH and AMH levels, indicates a low ovarian reserve, which may also reduce the chances of successful IVF. In this case, a woman may need large amounts of ovulation stimulation drugs. When both partners are infertile, chances for IVF success becomes low. The factors such as the length of time you have been infertile are also important. (7)

    Embryo Quality: The quality of embryos is a major factor that affects IVF success rate. The window of implantation (WOI) and the quality of the embryo should be tested before transfer. If there are abnormalities in the quality or if it is placed in the uterus at the wrong time, it will lead to failure of IVF. Donor eggs are a significant consideration if you want a good quality of embryos, especially if you are over 40 years, as there may be higher chances of IVF success. Factors such as egg quality, sperm quality and age of donor are also important. Using donor eggs from younger women may increase the chances of pregnancy for women over 40. Chance of live birth is 55 percent with a fresh donor egg/embryo transfer.

    IVF Procedure Followed by Fertility Clinics: To ensure a proper IVF treatment and higher chances of success, look up IVF success rates on individual clinics. Hospitals equipped with advanced medical devices and equipment poses more chances of success. Likewise, doctors having vast experienced in IVF procedures have better chances of achieving live birth. (8) Inexperienced doctors sometimes tend to be negligent while handling embryos and might also transfer a higher number of embryos per IVF treatment cycle, which can be risky. While using frozen embryos, the condition in which the embryos are kept is also a deciding factor

    4. What factors affect IVF success?

    The success rate for first time IVF procedures is low as a number of factors come into play. You can start by choosing a reliable IVF clinic or doctor and comparing their live birth rates with their pregnancy rates. Pregnancy success is going to be higher than the live birth rate since it does not account for miscarriage and stillbirth. (9)

    You can search for an ideal hospital whose live birth rates are closer to pregnancy rates or you can take the help of OVO Fertility to help you find the best IVF clinic for you. Moreover, with OVO fertility’s recommendation engine, the success percentages increase in excess to 79%. For more details on this please refer to the link:

    All the IVF doctors and clinics recommend by OVO Fertility are verified under several parameters to ensure the most reliable doctor for IVF treatment. We also provide counseling services and guide our patients throughout the treatment. You can contact OVO Fertility at +918268260808 to book a free appointment with one of our recommended doctors. 



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