There are many reasons why IVF can prove unsuccessful. These can range from low AMH or low egg reserve, to infections and immune issues, or the inability of the endometrium to receive the embryo. Male fertility issues and genetic causes also need to be considered.
During a normal pregnancy, a unique type of immunity prevails which stops a woman from rejecting the embryo and aids the growth and development of the foetus. If anything goes wrong with this immune process embryos fail to implant and early pregnancies may miscarry. There are special tests that can identify couples that are at risk of these problems. Immuno-modulatory treatment that corrects these problems and stimulates the proper immune response in the mother may then improve the chances of a successful pregnancy. There are also techniques (Array CGH) that can be used during an IVF cycle that can screen embryos for any chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer.
Our Medical Director, Dr George Ndukwe who
was mentored by Professor Alan Beer at The University of Chicago, is one
of the world leading experts in the field of reproductive immunology
and has developed
the most successful Reproductive Immunology treatment programme in Europe over the
As a first step, we will usually recommend you have a pre-treatment planning consultation with one of our midwife/fertility nurse specialists, during which we can advise you on any changes you may be able to make to various aspects of you and your partner's reproductive health which may also help increase your chances of conceiving successfully. If appropriate, we may recommend additional consultations and/or complementary therapies too, such as a nutrition and lifestyle assessment, acupuncture, hypnotherapy or counselling, all of which can be easily integrated into your schedule of investigative tests and treatment and which can, in our experience, increase your chances of success still further.