A recent study found that women undergoing IVF treatments can expect better odds by sticking it out for multiple treatments if theyâ€™re initially unsuccessful.
Of nearly 247,000 women included in the study, 57% of the women eventually had a live birth. Live births occurred in 30% of the IVF cycles.
Unfortunately, Â 25% of women quit after one cycle and 33% after two cycles, leaving them unable to take advantage of the potential increase in success after multiple cycles.
Age is also very important to IVF success rates. Â Women under the age of 31 gave birth to a child up to 75% of the time with a third cycle, while women ages 40 to 42 had up to a 28% success rate and women over the age of 43 had up to an 11% success rate.
Women of all ages had up to an 80% success rate when using donor eggs.
These data should be encouraging to women planning on receiving IVF. Â They also suggest that women should not give up after 1 or 2 failed cycles.
The results of this study also suggest that insurance companies, which may only cover 2 to 3 IVF cycles, should reconsider their coverage and extend it to 3 cycles or more.