Answer from: Raúl Olivares, MD
For us, a failed IVF does not mean an IVF cycle that ends up in a negative pregnancy test. For us, failed IVF is when we don’t get eggs, or we don’t get a sufficient number of follicles to reach the egg collection, it is also when we get the eggs, but we don’t have the embryos. Of course, those in which we get negative after having transferred embryos of better or poorer quality. We also consider a failed IVF if the patient gets pregnant and has a miscarriage. This is because we think that the only real interesting statistics are live birth rates. Whenever we have an IVF, and we don’t end up with a baby, we consider it a failed IVF.
Obviously, depending on which stage we’re going to see a problem, we are going to decide different things. It is not the same if the patient does not respond if we have a lot of good quality eggs that do not produce good embryos, or if we are transferring really good embryos that end up in negatives or miscarriages.
In every case, we are going to suggest the necessary tests to try to find out the problem. A failed IVF is that IVF where we don’t end up with a baby at home.
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