Does delaying IVF treatment affect success?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in IVF treatment for some women, but a new study shows that women who had to wait up to six months for fertility treatment have similar rates of live births as those treated within three months.

Researchers at Cornell Medical College in New York used data from 1,790 women treated between 2012 and 2018. Women who started their IVF cycle between one and 90 days after their first clinic visit had the same live birth rate as women who started 91-180 days after. Delays of more than 180 days were not studied, and the study only included women on their first IVF cycle.

“These results are reassuring to patients who may feel anxious to begin their treatment and become frustrated when unexpected delays occur,” the researchers said. The study was published in Human Reproduction.

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