Facing up to what can go wrong

For some women, the treatment cycle results in no fertilised eggs and bitter disappointment. Such a devastating result is hard to digest and you're anxious to find out why it happened. In most cases, the reason for abnormal fertilisation or embryo arrest can't be pinpointed, but it's most likely due to defects in the egg or sperm — or both.

Occasionally, none of the eggs fertilise normally or none of the fertilised eggs develop into a healthy embryo and the IVF cycle comes to an end. Each egg has a two in three chance of fertilising normally, so the fewer eggs you have, the greater the risk of zero fertilisation. This is what can happen:

1 If you have IVF, occasionally more than one sperm gets into an egg and even if this egg then keeps developing, it can't be used because it's chromosomally abnormal.

1 Whether you have IVF or ICSI, eggs sometimes don't fertilise.

1 Occasionally, normally fertilised eggs don't continue their development or embryos that have formed stop developing. Embryos that stop developing aren't viable and can't be used.

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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