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Why does IVF not always lead to a pregnancy?

04:08 25th September 2013 | Unsuccessful IVF Outcome

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Why does IVF not always lead to a pregnancy? This is a question that couples who fail to conceive after a lot of financial and emotional investment ask frequently. Human reproduction is extremely complex. Following embryo transfer, the embryos must continue to develop and divide in a programmed manner. The cells that are supposed to form the different parts of the body migrate in that direction and abnormal development arrests further progress. This is the same process that takes place in the bedroom with a couple without any problems but of course, this does not cost money and the expectations are such that couples are willing to try again if they do not conceive in any particular month. The expectations from the IVF process are such that couples expect a pregnancy from every cycle and the level of disappointment is always very high when the treatment fails. Indeed, the chance of conceiving a pregnancy in the bedroom is in the region of 25% which is the average chance of conception from an IVF cycle.

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