IVF is a continually improving technology that helps couples start their own families by assisting them in conceiving. This is done by obtaining eggs from the female and sperm from the male, which are allowed to fertilize in optimal conditions outside the human body, in a lab.

What is an IVF Cycle?

The resulting fertilized embryo is placed back into the human body to induce pregnancy. When required, ICSI (Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is also used, where the sperm is directly injected into the egg, directly causing fertilization. This may be chosen if the sperm has motility (movement) issues, hampering the natural process of fertilization. Each attempt to fertilize the egg is called a cycle.

If other issues regarding male infertility prevent a couple from beginning their families, 9 Months Fertility Clinic also offers some of the best male infertility treatment in Nairobi.

Does It Guarantee Success?

While it is true that IVF is not guaranteed to work, it is one of the best technologies available today, with some of the highest success rates. Furthermore, to increase the success rates of the procedure, it is possible to undergo multiple cycles. However, there are a varying number of factors, both in favour of undergoing added IVF cycles and in caution of it.

Why Should You Try Multiple IVF Cycles?

Undergoing multiple IVF cycles has the advantage of increasing the odds of pregnancy. A study from the UK, published in the British Medical Journal in 2016, studied over 180,000 complete cycles and found that the average likelihood of live birth after one cycle was 29%. It rose to 43% after six complete cycles. In younger women, both possibilities are higher.

Ultimately, undergoing multiple IVF cycles will likely bring you much closer to your goal of conception.

9 Months Fertility Centre is a fertility clinic in Nairobi with expertise and experience in IVF procedures, including carrying out multiple cycles of IVF for interested patients.

Why Do Some People Not Opt For Multiple Cycles?

Financial constraints:

IVF, especially multiple cycles of it, is not easily affordable for many. Thus, they give up after one or two cycles.

Medical considerations:

Certain medications, both oral and in the form of injections, are prescribed to the female during the IVF process. It has been observed that IVF medications might have side effects. Some of these include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood swings
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Decreased blood pressure

Certain medications can also cause Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. This is caused by the presence of excessive hormones, which results in swelling of the ovaries and can be painful.

While such side effects may pose a challenge to women wishing to conceive, our team of knowledgeable and committed staff aims to provide unhindered and painless female infertility treatment in Nairobi.

How Many Times Should You Try?

All in all, many factors support the choice of undergoing multiple IVF cycles. 3-6 cycles are considered to be optimal for maximizing the chances of conception. However, considering the mother’s health and financial factors, some may choose to undergo fewer cycles.

Ultimately, your personal, financial, and medical choices will determine what is right for you.

Some of the best fertility doctors in Nairobi are available at the 9 Months Fertility Centre, where you can schedule a consultation to find the best course of IVF for you. So take a step towards the dream of starting your own family. Contact us today.


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