When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF), there are a number of factors that can affect the success of your treatment.

For many women, IVF is a terrifying unknown, but it has helped to bring about so many babies in the world and has helped so many people realize their dream of becoming parents. In a previous blog series, we debunked some of the most common misconceptions about IVF, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, now is the time! Debunking the myths of IVF can go a long way toward giving you more peace of mind throughout the process, but before you jump in with both feet, it’s important to understand the factors that can affect the success of IVF.

#1. Age

Younger women have a higher rate of success with IVF because they have more, higher quality eggs. Women who are younger than 35 have the highest success rates with IVF, but that doesn’t mean that older women can’t be successful with IVF, especially with the use of donor eggs.

#2. Fertility Problems

The type of fertility problems you and your spouse are experiencing can have an effect the success of IVF. Since IVF success is dependent on ovulation, ovarian dysfunction, such as high FSH levels, could reduce the chance of success. Not only does the type of fertility problems you experience affect IVF success rates, the length of time that you’ve been experiencing fertility problems also plays a role. The longer a couple has been infertile, the less likely they are to be successful with IVF.

#3. Previous Pregnancy

If you’ve had previous pregnancies with the same partner, you have a higher chance of IVF success. But, if you’ve had recurrent miscarriages, or you were previously pregnant with a different partner, it can lower the chance of IVF success.

#4. Lifestyle

There are many lifestyle habits that can affect the chance of IVF success. One of the most important lifestyle habits in IVF success rates is smoking. On average, women who smoke need double the amount of IVF attempts. In many cases, women are required to quit smoking for at least three months before they start IVF treatments. Additionally, women who are overweight or obese are less likely to experience success with IVF.

#5. The Fertility Clinic

Where you choose to receive IVF treatments can also have an impact on IVF success. That’s why it’s important to always do your research before choosing a doctor or a clinic to administer IVF treatments.

Find out if IVF is the right fertility treatment for you.

IVF has helped many women experience the joys of motherhood, but it’s not the right fertility treatment for every woman. If you are considering IVF, and you would like to find out if it’s the right option for your needs, contact us at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our team of nurse midwives, gynecologists and obstetricians can help you find the answers you’re looking for, and we proudly serve Sarasota, Bradenton and beyond. Schedule your appointment today.