How Many IVF Cycles Before Success?

Summary: 33% of the women get pregnant in the first IVF cycle. The success rate is 70% for the third IVF cycle. There is no specific limit to the number of times you may have to try. The quality of eggs and sperm are important deciding factors on when you should seek alternate fertility treatment options.


IVF success cannot be defined by the number of IVF cycles. Every eager couple that opts for IVF is very hopeful that they will get pregnant in the first cycle itself. The chance of success with the first IVF cycle is 33% and you have a good chance of getting pregnant.

If you did not get pregnant in your first IVF cycle do not get discouraged. Most couples experience success by their third IVF cycle. The success rate of pregnancy by the third cycle is 70%. For some couples it may take a little longer and they may experience repeated IVF failure.

Women who are over 40 are more susceptible to repeated IVF failure. This is common and you may require multiple cycles before getting pregnant. However, do not take repeated IVF failure as a reason to lose hope. As long as your doctor is hopeful you have a good chance of getting pregnant.

Should you give up after failed IUI treatment

Need for multiple IVF cycles

Many couple are not aware that they may require more than one IVF cycle to get pregnant. It is important for doctors to advice patients accordingly at the beginning, during the first consultation itself. A couple should be prepared to undergo at least 3 IVF cycles to start with. They need to prepare emotionally, physically and financially.

The possibility of getting pregnant starts to decline after the age of 37. This is because the quality of the eggs begins to deteriorate with age. Women need to be emotionally prepared for this. With the IVF procedure a woman still stands a good chance of getting pregnant even at a later age.

Increased IVF attempts reduces chances of success

Though doctors believe that the more IVF cycles the patient undergoes the lesser the chances of pregnancy however data and statistics show otherwise. Many women have got pregnant after their 6th or 7th round and some even later. Repeated IVF failure is not a reason to give up if the reproductive system is fine.

Some FAQ’s


Should IVF be tried more than once if it is not successful the first time?
It could take multiple IVF cycles for pregnancy success. It is advisable to try again if the first time did not work out.

How many rounds of IVF cycle should one undergo?
70% of the women get successfully pregnant after an average of 3 IVF cycles. For some women it may take a little longer.

What is the age group for successful IVF?
Chances of IVF success is higher in women under the age of 37

Can I get pregnant through IVF after 40?
Yes you can get pregnant through IVF after 40 if your reproductive system is healthy

Is there an age limit after which IVF does not work?
As long as the uterus is healthy a woman can get pregnant. Even a 60 year old woman can have an IVF pregnancy.

When should I consider alternative fertility options?
The fertility consultant may suggest alternative options if there is a problem such as poor quality eggs or poor quality sperm which may be the cause for repeated IVF failure.

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