How to Cope With a Failed Embryo Transfer

Starting your in vitro fertilization (IVF) journey can be hopeful and exciting, but experiencing a failed embryo transfer can be devastating. If no viable embryos or if the transferred embryos failed to implant, you may feel angry, confused, and upset, which is completely normal. During this difficult time, it’s important to remember you are not alone. Our empathetic team at Elevate Baby is here to support you through every stage of your family-building journey, including these emotional and heartbreaking moments. 

Most of our staff has had their own assisted reproduction journey, so we understand the hardships you may experience. With this unique perspective and a hands-on approach, you always know what to expect and will have someone to turn to if an embryo transfer fails. We are prepared for any situation and work with you to develop a personalized solution based on your circumstances. Our trusted team will go above and beyond to help you through these frustrating times and move towards a hopeful future of building your family.

4 Ways to Cope After a Failed Embryo Transfer

A failed embryo transfer can feel like your fault, but this can happen for several reasons you cannot control. However, you may find it hard to remain positive and take the next steps. Some ways to help you cope with a failed embryo transfer include the following:

Try Again!

After a failed embryo transfer, you should not lose hope. Instead, keep in mind that success rates are very high and the odds are definitely in your favor when completing a second transfer. Oftentimes, the chances of the second embryo transfer being successful are high and may lead to the beginning of your journey to building your family!

Understand You Are Not Alone

Many intended parents have dealt with a failed embryo transfer during their family planning journey. Generally speaking, people only talk about the positive outcomes when it comes to embryo transfers, making it easy to feel alone, but that is not the case. In fact, in some cases, a failed embryo transfer can occur as often as one out of three tries. While this is a bump in the road, what you have experienced is not uncommon and there is still a high chance of the next embryo transfer being successful.

Consult Your Clinical Team

Sometimes there is no clinical reason for a failed embryo transfer. However, in some cases, a physician may want to try a different preparation method in hopes that a subsequent transfer will be successful. Speaking with your clinical team can also help put your mind at ease that there is still hope and that you should keep trying!

Create a New Plan

If you’ve had a failed transfer after using your last embryo, then you will need to go back to the drawing board. When you meet with your clinical team and agency, ensure they understand your situation and desired timeline for creating embryos for a subsequent transfer in the future.  Most clinics and agencies will prioritize patients and clients in these situations to try to keep morale high for the intended parents.

Speak With a Compassionate Professional at Elevate Baby About Your IVF Journey

Every intended parent’s experience is different, and it may take a few tries for a successful IVF outcome. If this is the case for you, you may feel discouraged and unsure of how to cope with such a loss. With our supportive Elevate Baby team by your side, you don’t have to go through it alone. We are here to encourage and help you build your family on your own timeline while remaining optimistic and \ from start to finish. 

Elevate provides concierge-level services to all types of intended parents who have trusted us to handle their assisted reproduction journeys. Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to give you a stress-free experience, so you can focus on building the family of your dreams. To schedule a consultation today, call us at (323) 933-8918 or fill out our contact form.


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