Monash IVF clinical research director Associate Professor Luk Rombauts said many patients unrealistically saw IVF as the "silver bullet" to solving lifestyle-related infertility problems.
"It's often the expectation people have that the doctor will pour a little bit of fairy dust over and it will fix them very quickly," Associate Prof Rombauts said. "The way I put it to my patients is this is not one person's efforts. It takes a whole team of fertility specialists, nurses and scientists to get them pregnant with IVF. But the patients need to play an important part in that process as well."