How Many Rounds of IVF Should I Expect?

May 13, 2024
How Many Rounds of IVF Should I Expect?
While some couples achieve success during their first in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, many women need multiple rounds of IVF to achieve a successful pregnancy. Here’s what you should know about the typical IVF process.

Starting your journey to parenthood through in vitro fertilization (IVF) is exciting, but it also leads to many questions regarding what to expect throughout the process. 

At Effortless IVF™ in Fort Worth and Bedford, Texas, Dr. Kevin Doody and Dr. Kathleen Doody understand that each patient's journey is unique. Our team aims to provide personalized and effective treatment plans supported by a general understanding of what might lie ahead. 

Here, we take a closer look at IVF success rates and how many rounds of treatment you might expect throughout your process. 

Understanding IVF success rates

The success of IVF depends on various factors, including age, infertility reasons, and lifestyle. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), the national average success rate of IVF is about 44% for women under 35. This rate gradually decreases with age, highlighting the significant impact of maternal age on IVF success.

However, these statistics offer a snapshot — not the full picture — of an individual's fertility journey. Some couples achieve success on their first IVF cycle, while others may require multiple rounds before they have a successful birth. 

Navigating multiple rounds of IVF

It's not uncommon for couples to undergo more than one IVF cycle to achieve pregnancy. A peer-reviewed study found that after three IVF cycles, the cumulative live birth rate increased significantly, suggesting that persistence is key for many couples.

Here are a few factors to consider when navigating the possibility of multiple IVF rounds:

1. Emotional and physical preparedness

IVF can be emotionally and physically demanding. Preparing for the possibility of multiple cycles can help manage expectations and reduce stress. Support from counseling, support groups, or fertility coaches can be invaluable.

2. Financial planning

The cost of IVF can be a significant consideration for many couples. Many fertility clinics offer financing options or packages for multiple cycles to help manage the financial aspects of treatment.

3. Customized approach

At Effortless IVF™, we emphasize a personalized treatment approach. This means that your treatment plan may be adjusted based on the outcomes of previous cycles, with a focus on optimizing your chances of success.

Deciding how many rounds of IVF to pursue

Deciding how many rounds of IVF to pursue is a deeply personal decision, influenced by emotional, physical, and financial factors. At Effortless IVF™, we work closely with our patients to make informed decisions based on their individual circumstances and desires.

It's important to remember that IVF is a journey — one that may have its ups and downs. Success rates should provide guidance, not a definitive answer, as the path to parenthood is as unique as you are.

Support along the way

While the question of how many rounds of IVF one should expect cannot be answered definitively due to the complexities and variabilities of fertility treatment, being prepared for multiple attempts and understanding the factors that influence success can help manage expectations and make the journey feel more manageable.

At Effortless IVF™, we're committed to supporting you every step of the way. From providing the latest in IVF technology to offering emotional and financial guidance, our team is here to help you navigate your fertility journey with confidence and compassion. 

Call our team at Effortless IVF™ today to learn more, or click online to schedule a consultation at your nearest office in Fort Worth or Bedford, Texas, at your convenience.