Friday, May 31, 2019

Multiple pregnancies as an iatrogenic complication of IVF.

Most patients are tickled pink when they see twin babies, and everyone knows that IVF increases the chance of having an IVF twin pregnancy.
This is why lots of patients want the doctor to transfer more embryos , so they can have an instant family , and this can make up for all their years of suffering from being childless
However, the complication rate in a twin pregnancy is higher than in singleton pregnancy - and this is true even if you are taking treatment in a good quality hospital.
The risk of premature labor is much higher , and these babies often will end up having birth defects and complications.
The best way of reducing this risk is by transferring only one single, top quality blastocyst at a time. We tell patients - You can have as many babies as you like, but only one at a time.
This is why I am surprised when IVF clinics celebrate the birth of triplets !
It's partly the media which is responsible for this, especially when it's a celebrity who has done IVF!

Doctors who transfer too many embryos are actually being irresponsible !\

What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?

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