The success rate of IVF in India can be put down to 30% to 35%, while globally the success of IVF is about 40%.

Over 40 years ago when the first test tube baby was born, it brought a ray of hope into the lives of hundreds of couples unable to conceive. A baby born via In Vitro Fertilization is what we commonly call a test tube baby (Vitro means outside the body). From being a rare procedure, today several couples opt for IVF when they find themselves unable to get pregnant naturally because of medical reasons or fertility issues. More than 8 million babies have been born through IVF since 1978 when the first test tube baby was born in the UK.


IVF is an option when:


  • – one of the partners is found to be infertile
  • – the mother is of advanced maternal age
  • – sperm count is low
  • – the mother has Endometriosis/ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/ Uterine Fibroids
  • – the Fallopian Tube is blocked
  • – there is a risk of passing on a genetic disorder/ disease
  • – the sperm motility is low
  • – abnormal sperms



Over the years, IVF has proven to be the most successful method of assisted reproductive technology available. The success of the procedure depends largely on the couple, the expertise of the doctor and the hospital infrastructure.


Factors that affect the success of the IVF procedure


  • – Age of the female partner
  • – Type, Cause and Extent of infertility
  • – Quality of the sperm, eggs, and embryos
  • – Previous Miscarriages
  • – Previously attempted IVF cycles
  • – Health of both partners
  • – Weight of the female partner
  • – Lifestyle choices (alcohol intake, smoking, drug abuse, etc)

Keeping in mind these factors, the success rate of IVF in India can be put down to 30% to 35%, while globally the success of IVF is about 40%. The success rate increases when the female partner is 35 years or younger. At a global level, the numbers state that the chances of getting pregnant are higher in women below the age of 35 and lower in women aged 40 and above. Likewise, the live birth rate when the mother is under 35 is 46% and only 22% if she is older than 40 (assuming she is using her own eggs). However, many clinics in India state that the success rate is 70% to 80% in women under 35 and 40% to 50% in women older than 40 years. As the techniques get refined and doctors gain in experience, the success rate across all age groups has increased in recent times.


Average Success Rate of IVF in India based on maternal age:


  • Women age < 35: 42%
  • Women aged 35 – 37: 36%
  • Women aged 38 – 39: 28%
  • Women aged 40 – 42: 19%
  • Women aged 43 – 44: 7%
  • Women age > 45: 2%

Besides the age factor, the success of the IVF procedure varies based on fertility issues. If the trouble is with ovulation, the success depends on how many mature eggs are eventually produced. Three or fewer eggs, are too few to work with. However, the chances of success are higher if it’s a block in the fallopian tube or the patient has mild endometriosis. Abnormal sperm count is another fertility issue that reduces the success rate of IVF.


The success of IVF treatment depends on the doctor and the hospital as well. An experienced doctor will have better control of the procedure and be able to make informed decisions based on patient response at every stage of the procedure. Additionally, having the procedure done at a hospital that specialises in IVF and has a high success rate, puts the patient at ease because they know the staff and the clinic are equipped to manage any emergencies.




Given the kind of expertise and advanced equipment required for IVF treatment, the procedure does not come cheap. While there are Fertility Clinics that charge only Rs. 25000 per attempt, the hospitals that have a proven high success rate charge anywhere between Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 2,50,000. The cost varies based on the location of the hospital, the experience /expertise of the doctors and the success rate of the hospital. The cost of IVF treatment in the US and the UK is relatively high – costing around USD 15000 (which is around Rs.12,00,000). The reasonable cost and the high success rate of IVF in India have made India the choicest destination for IVF treatment.




At Prana Fertility Centre we understand and value every human life. We take our responsibility of helping couples realise their baby dreams, very seriously. Our experts have several years of experience in the various techniques of assisted reproduction. We do a thorough check-up of our patients and offer them a treatment plan customised to suit their needs. The state-of-the-art equipment ensures that our patients need not worry about going anywhere else even for so much as a blood test. From infertility counselling, through treatment, conception, pregnancy and ultimately delivery, our doctors offer the best expertise and support to every patient.