What Influences Success?
So when we think about what influences success, the biggest factor, without any shadow of a doubt, is the increasing maternal age that we see as fertility, pregnancy and success rates change. As a woman ages, the chances of her releasing abnormal eggs sadly increases, and this will be one of the main reasons why increasing maternal age sees a decrease in pregnancy rates.
Maternal age is not the only factor however. There are lots of reasons for infertility, and one of the common questions that patients will ask is, does my mode of infertility affect my chance of IVF success? Well, in the most cases, this is not true. If you have a tubal problem, this may not be something that’s going to independently, therefore change your chance of success.
However, there are some factors in your fertility that could impact on the overall chance of IVF success. One of these is your ovarian reserve or your AMH. Your ovarian reserve, if it’s very deplete or low, may have a significant impact on the overall average for your age group. Also, if male factor is significant with really poor sperm parameters, this can also factor in when trying to look at this success rate that applies to.
This is an important discussion, which must occur during your clinical appointment, right at the very start of treatment, so you understand what your chances of success are. And unfortunately, when we look across the UK at the cycles that are undertaken, the vast majority of IVF cycles don’t work. So the chances of success are in fact a smaller percentage than those that work, which means that you are unfortunately, likely to maybe require more than one IVF cycle to achieve that much wanted pregnancy.