What if IVF and Surrogacy don’t work? 

If a woman is unable to conceive naturally, the most recommended treatment option is IVF. But several incidences reported that failure of IVF at the first attempt. But usually, doctors recommended for repetition of the IVF cycle. But usually, after a second attempt failure requires extra caution. It is suggested that the patient needs to check the laboratory and clinic accreditations along with maintenance of protocol to ensure the appropriate procedure is followed with full potential. Nowadays, an additional lab test can confirm the high-quality embryo selection process before transfer to the embryo.  There is no limit to repeat the IVF cycle by using gametes from prospective parents. But generally, after the failure of the third round, prospective parents prefer to use alternative methods like the gamete donation option or surrogacy to get a biologically related child.

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Gamete donor

Depending upon the underlying cause egg donor, sperm donors or both gamete donor/s may recruit prospective parents. Gamete donor/s may know to prospective parents, or else, donor bank supplies the gamete depending upon the requirement. The chances of getting pregnant by using a gamete donor facility are high because stringent medical screening confirms the eligibility of donors to donate the egg and sperm. Prospective parents should know the legal correspondence depending upon the country. But every gamete donation does not provide a successful result. In such cases, surrogacy is another alternative option for prospective parents to have their child/children.


Although surrogacy is two types traditional and gestational, prospective parents usually prefer gestational surrogacy. Many countries have already banned traditional surrogacy. Moreover, the born child has a biological relationship with a surrogate in traditional surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate carries the offspring during the gestational period and after delivery relinquishes the baby to the intended parents. No biological relationship is present between a gestational surrogate and a born child.

Surrogacy is a successful assisted reproductive technology, but in some cases, it fails. In case, after the first attempt of gestational surrogacy, a pregnancy test report may give a negative result. In such cases, intended parents need to be patient and wait for another embryo transfer. Usually, surrogacy contracts commonly provide three embryo transfer attempts before calling it for quit.

In instance, more frozen embryo ready for transfer, then intended parent need to wait till surrogate’s body is ready for next transfer. The doctor usually advises intended parents when will be possible for the next embryo transfer depending upon the medical test report of the surrogate. However, usually within a couple of months surrogate’s body is ready to take another embryo transfer. Usually, repetition of embryo transfer offers a better result.

In case no frozen embryo is stored for future use then the intended parents need to wait for more time and the treatment expenses also get increased. It is often found that two to three embryo transfers require to get a viable pregnancy. Therefore, failure of the first attempt never says it will not work in subsequent transfer.

However, the failure of IVF and surrogacy even after repetition opens the door for adoption. Many individuals adopt a child but it is not a medical solution to infertility.  Adoption also has country-specific rules and regulations. But no matter where prospective parents live, they have to complete a home survey done by a social worker. The adoption process can range from nine months to nine years depending on the type of adoption intended and the province they live.

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