How Many IVF Cycles Are Needed to Get Pregnant

There is a higher rate of success after the 3rd IVF cycle, with the chances of pregnancy being 45-53%. The chance of pregnancy decreases as you age.

By Toni Henning
Edited by Kelli Harris

Published November 30, 2021.

If you are considering IVF, it will be good to know how many IVF transfers you may need before successfully conceiving. The IVF success rate per cycle depends on a number of factors, including your age and general health and wellbeing.

Does IVF work the first time and what is the success rate after the first attempt? Read on to discover the answers to these questions and more.

What Is an IVF Cycle?

An IVF cycle includes the following steps:

  1. Mature eggs are retrieved from your ovaries.
  2. These eggs are fertilized by sperm in a lab.
  3. The fertilized egg (or eggs) are transferred to your uterus.
  4. One IVF cycle takes about three weeks.

How Many Cycles of IVF is Normal to Get Pregnant?

There is a higher rate of success after the 3rd IVF cycle, with the chances of pregnancy being 45-53%. The chance of pregnancy decreases as you age. The highest IVF success rates are in women under the age of 35. The success rate falls sharply after the age of 42.

What is the Success Rate of IVF on the First Try?

If you are wondering if IVF works the first time, you may be interested to hear that one in three women conceive, so there is a 33% success rate after the first attempt. The great news is that the success rate rises to 45-53% at the 3rd cycle, and to 54-77% by the 8th cycle.

Conclusion: How Many IVF Cycles Should You Plan For?

Statistically speaking, the highest percentage of women conceive after the third round of IVF treatment. So, you should plan for an average of three IVF cycles.