IVF Success Rates: Does It Work With PCOS?

PCOS is a condition that affects how easy or difficult it is to become pregnant. Fortunately, IVF treatments can greatly help increase your chances, even with PCOS.

Deseré Davis - Writer for AskIris
By Deseré Davis
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published November 30, 2021.

PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a hormonal condition that interferes with a woman’s fertility and can lead to difficulty getting pregnant.

PCOS does not necessarily mean you won’t be able to have children and you can still have a regular cycle with PCOS.

IVF (In vitro fertilization) is a medical treatment that can help with conception and is an option for a woman with PCOS.

Can IVF Increase the Chance of Pregnancy With PCOS?

IVF treatments can be just what you need to conceive a child, but it can take months (sometimes years) to be successful, even for women who do not have PCOS.

However, IVF treatment does help women greatly in their attempts to become pregnant. There is a high success rate for IVF treatments, with women boosting their chances of pregnancy by up to 70%.

If you’re curious about how PCOS affects fertility, it is the infrequent ovulation caused by hormonal imbalances produced by the condition. This results in fertility issues.

Does Age Play an Important Role?

Just like how ovarian cysts affect fertility, age plays a role and IVF PCOS egg quality can be affected depending on how old the patient is.

Before the age of 35, women with PCOS are more likely to become pregnant. Their chances go down after this age.

The PCOS pregnancy success rate for women undergoing IVF and who are between 35 and 37 is about 47%, while for women between 38 and 40, the success rate is 28%.

Women between the ages of 41 and 42 have a 16% of becoming pregnant through IVF, and women who are 42 and older have a 6% chance. Age can lead to PCOS and IVF failure, unfortunately.

Still, there are many IVF PCOS success stories and you could be one of them. Don’t give up! A healthy diet can also stimulate ovulation and increase your chances of pregnancy.