What Happens When a Fertility Procedure Doesn’t Work? A Look at the Options Available at AZCREI

When a couple has already been struggling with infertility for months—or even years—it can be devastating if a fertility treatment doesn’t achieve a pregnancy. At the Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, we have been helping women and couples have babies for more than 20 years. We understand that treatments can be emotionally difficult to go through, but we are confident in our team and our center’s success.

There will be times when a treatment doesn’t result in a successful pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean your journey is over. Here are three things to remember as you navigate the sometimes arduous, but often rewarding, experience of fertility treatments.


What Works for One Couple, Won’t Work for Everyone

There are several different reasons a couple may not get pregnant; not everyone has the same cause of infertility, and therefore, they won’t have the same treatment plan either. Even when it comes to the treatment process, couples have the choice in how they want to proceed, so their journey still might not look the same as another’s. It’s important to remember that while you may have heard success stories about one particular treatment, if that treatment doesn’t work out for you, that doesn’t make it the final result in your process.

At AZCREI, we always take the time to thoroughly explain all the testing and treatment options available to patients. Our team strives to get to know our patients on a personal level; that way, if you have any questions or unease about a certain procedure, you feel comfortable enough to discuss those with us so we can work together on new options.


We Start Simple, So There Are Plenty of Options

Our method for testing and treating infertility will always start with the least invasive options. In conjunction with testing, we begin with simple treatments to increase fertility based on the likely diagnosis. Sometimes, we’re successful in achieving a pregnancy after the first treatment, but when that isn’t the case, we simply move on to the next level of testing and procedures.

Because we rarely jump to the most complicated procedure, we’re not tied down to solely a Plan A; there will always be a Plan B, C, D, and onward until you do achieve a pregnancy. Since there are multiple options, eventually, almost every couple we work with can get pregnant.


It’s Your Dream—Don’t Give Up!

One of the biggest obstacles in being successful with fertility treatment is abandoning procedures before a pregnancy is achieved. We understand that the process can be difficult and sometimes disappointing, but we always encourage our patients to persevere through the challenges in the journey.

Our team is your team; we work with you and walk alongside you throughout the entire process. If you’re feeling doubtful or hopeless at any point, we’re there to support you and get you past those fears. Our goal, of course, is to help you have a baby, but we also want you to be able to trust our team and trust the process that gets you there. While it’s not impossible for patients to achieve a pregnancy naturally after they’ve stopped treatments, ideally, we want you to stick with the treatment plan so that you have the best odds of having a healthy, happy baby.

Ultimately, we want you to walk away from your visit at Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility with a sense that you will get pregnant; any unsuccessful treatment is just a small stumbling block on your road to building your family. If you’d like to find out more about our center or to schedule a visit, contact us online or by calling (520) 326-0001.

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