Low Ovarian Responsse
One of the first stages of IVF involves ovarian stimulation. This happens through a medication, and some ovaries do not respond to the treatment. When this happens, the ovaries produce few or no eggs, or they could produce several low-quality eggs. If you have follicle-stimulating hormone levels, you might be more at risk for this situation.
If either the egg, sperm, or both are not healthy, this could result in low embryo quality. Unhealthy embryos are not any to implant into the uterus effectively, which does not result in a pregnancy. In most cases, the fertility clinic will find that the embryo does not grow because of its quality, not because of the health of the uterus.
Human embryos have a complicated network of chromosomes, and when chromosomal errors occur, this could cause implantation to fail. There are many factors that cause these complications, including age and simple chance.
Female fertility begins to decline around age 30, dipping significantly be 35. And male fertility can decline with age as well. Eggs and sperm in older people can be more at risk for chromosomal abnormalities and other issues.
While many IVF cycles fail due to medical factors, lifestyle does come into play. Women who smoke, are overweight, and engage in other unhealthy habits may impact the success rate of IVF. To know how your lifestyle factors into your treatment, talk to your doctor about specifics.
IVF is an emotional process, and this can be bolstered when it is not successful. If this happens to you, remember that it is not your fault. Give yourself time to feel your emotions and then look forward. You and your doctor can work together to figure out a next step.