Is IVF Worth the Risk?

Is IVF Worth the Risk – Overview

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryos created are then transferred back into the woman’s uterus to implant and grow hopefully.

IVF has its share of potential benefits and risks as with any medical procedure. Therefore, if you’re considering having IVF, you are probably wondering if the treatment is worth taking.

This article is crafted to answer that question, so stick around and learn more.

IVF Risks

As we have just mentioned, IVF involves stimulating egg production with fertility drugs, retrieving eggs from the ovaries and then fertilizing them in a laboratory.

The fertilized embryo is then transferred to the uterus.

Here, we look at the risks associated with IVF.


Fertility treatments can be expensive, running into the tens of thousands of dollars for the cycle itself and medications to stimulate egg development.

Insurance companies usually don’t cover fertility treatments, so many patients turn to loans or credit cards.

Multiple Births

Because doctors often transfer multiple embryos at once, there’s a greater chance of pregnancy but also a greater chance that more than one embryo will implant in the uterus (multiple pregnancies).

This is called ‘multiple pregnancies’ or ‘multifetal pregnancy’. It may lead to premature birth or health complications for both mother and baby.

The risk of higher-order multiple pregnancies (such as triplets) in IVF does not specifically increase because a woman has previously had twins naturally. The risk is more directly related to the number of embryos transferred during the IVF process.

IVF pregnancy carries a slightly higher risk of complications for both mother and baby than pregnancy after natural conception (conception without fertility treatment).

In addition to this small increased risk of complications, IVF also increases your chances of having multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets or more).

This can increase your risk of miscarriage and stillbirth as well as increase the possibility that you will need a cesarean section at delivery.

What are the Chances of IVF Working?

IVF success rates vary widely and depend on several factors, including the clinic’s success rates, but on average, the chance of a live birth for women under 35 using their own eggs is approximately 40%. It’s important to consult specific clinic data for accurate success rates.

For those aged 35 to 37, the success rate is around 25% and for women aged 38 and over, it’s about 15%. Of course, these are just estimates.

Some women will have a baby after just one cycle, but others will need several attempts.

The most important thing is to choose a clinic with a good track record for your age group. You can also do some things to improve your chances, such as getting fit and healthy before you start treatment.

Factors Affecting IVF Success Rate

Here are some of the factors that affect the success rate of IVF treatments.


Your chances of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a child depend on many factors, including your age, overall health and your genetics.

Your parents’ ages at the time you were born also play an important role in determining how long it may take you to get pregnant with IVF treatment.


Success rates per cycle decrease with age.

Success rates of natural conception after stopping IVF vary and are generally lower, especially for couples with underlying fertility issues.

If the woman is older than 40, the success rate drops dramatically to 10-15%. Approximately 20% per cycle will be spontaneously pregnant and another 20% will continue to IVF.

The decision about whether or not to continue should be made after two cycles have been completed unsuccessfully.

The male partner’s age also affects whether there will be a successful outcome, but less so than in the case of women. Older men tend to take longer to produce enough sperm for a successful treatment.

Hormonal Disorders

Some hormonal disorders and conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and thyroid disease, may make it difficult for you to conceive and carry to term.

Bottom Line

When you’re having problems getting pregnant, it may seem like there’s nothing to do but wait. But if you have been trying for a year or longer without success, you and your partner may want to consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an option.

Determining whether IVF is worth the risk is subjective and varies from individual to individual, depending on personal values, circumstances, and the specific risks and benefits as they apply to their situation. Consulting with a fertility specialist can help you make an informed decision.

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Current Version
January 25, 2022
Written By
Shubham Grover
March 27, 2024
Updated By
Andleeb Asghar, PharmD

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