Conception: assess your options and chances
Facts and figures
Becoming pregnant requires a complex combination of factors and events. With patience, a positive attitude and the appropriate treatment, most couples will eventually achieve their dream.1 The knowledge from this research may help you plan your treatment course.
- The overall success rate for Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) is high
A Danish study from 2009 found that within five years of starting ART treatment, almost 70% of couples had succeeded in having at least one child.2 It’s important to remember however that the success rate for fertility treatment is not absolute. The outcome will be different for every individual couple and clinic.
- Achieving success often takes time and multiple attempts
In the same study, the number of couples who had a child after following ART treatments doubled from about 30% after a year to more than 60%, after three years of treatment. More than 40% went through four or more cycles during the length of the study.2
- Your commitment and ability to cope with stress may affect the outcome
Fertility treatment is strenuous – physically as well as emotionally. Couples who abandon treatment, without any apparent medical reason to give up hope, often attribute their decision to psychological stress. Between 25-54% of couples drop out of ART before they complete three cycles.3-6 They give psychological stress as the key reason for their decision.6-9
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Maximizing your chances
Here are some steps you and your partner can take to give yourself the best chance of success:
Deciding whether you need a break
Knowing that overall success rates of ART are high may help you psychologically. But at some point, you and your partner may question whether you’re in need of a break. It’s a personal decision that only you and your partner can make. Reflecting on four key questions together may help make up your mind.
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