Q: What should a patient consider in deciding whether a multi-cycle package makes sense for them?
A: “It’s critical to remember that every person is different and that the best option varies based on many factors,” says Dr. David Adamson, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ARC Fertility. “There is no one right answer for everyone, so it’s important to take everything from age and financial situation to contributing health issues into consideration.”
About half of people who undergo IVF have a baby with just one cycle, so this might be the best option for someone with few risk factors, such as obesity or advanced age. Adding a second cycle takes the average success rate to about 70% (70 out of 100 people), which is ideal for people facing multiple factors that affect fertility, and a third cycle may be the right choice for those who face the most significant risks and challenges.
Of course, cost is a key concern for most patients, which is why it can be helpful to find packages that offer refunds in case a baby comes after one cycle – or does not come at all. Most reproductive clinics offer a wide range of options that are based on medical need as well as financial considerations.
“Dealing with fertility issues is an emotional roller coaster for everyone who goes through it,” Dr. Adamson adds. “There is a lot of stress involved, but the good news is that choosing a good multi-cycle package can dramatically improve the chance to have a child while minimizing financial exposure.”
Answer provided by Dr. David Adamson, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ARC Fertility.