Knowing when or if to take breaks in-between IVF cycles can be really confusing as there is no clear answer. You may be recommended different suggestions by fertility specialists, making it hard to know whether taking or not taking a break will affect you or your IVF success rates.
To help make things a little clearer, The Ribbon Box have gathered some information about break periods between IVF cycles and when taking a break becomes necessary. However, always consult with your fertility specialist if you are uncertain about taking a break between cycles.
Delayed and Back-to-Back Cycles
The suggested break period between IVF cycles is one full menstrual cycle following the 4-6 weeks after an embryo transfer with a negative pregnancy test after the two-week wait. Following this, you will then take a break that lasts as long as another menstrual cycle before beginning a new cycle of IVF. However, by only waiting for one menstrual cycle, this is considered as taking back-to-back IVF cycles because this is essentially the bare minimum break that is required to be taken.
Any break that lasts longer than one menstrual cycle is referred to as a delayed IVF cycle. In terms of the strain either option has on your body and what effect it has on the success rates of your IVF cycles, there is no significant difference.
Due to the array of IVF medications, the cost, constant consultations, the waiting and the anxiety that comes with it, IVF can become an all-consuming process. It can preoccupy your thoughts for the duration of your IVF cycles. Suddenly, your life can revolve around fertility without you intending it to.
It can be useful to take a step back from IVF cycles to clear your thoughts, de-stress and remember who you are. While this is, of course, an opportunity to take a emerge from the IVF fog, it might also be comforting to know that by taking time out to manage your stress and anxiety, you are actually improving your chances of conception as reducing stress can improve fertility. It is always better to take a break between IVF cycles if you feel that your mental wellbeing is affected.