Consultant with three IVF toddlers


How long should couples continue undergoing IVF to try to have a child? This is a question that a physician treating infertile couples is asked frequently today. The answer depends upon many factors including; the emotional stability of the couple, the support of friends and family and their financial resources. The conclusion from a study on IVF data in the UK that was published in JAMA in 2015 suggests something different. The single biggest factor was the age of the woman undergoing the procedure. The cumulative birthrate for women under the age of 40 who completed up to nine cycles of IVF was 71.6%. This pregnancy rate dropped with increasing age. This study confirms what we all know, having worked with infertile couples, that the age of the female partner really makes a difference in the success rate of having a child.