Researchers find a link between fertility treatments and an increased risk of pregnancy complications

A team of researchers led by Dr. Pensée Wu, senior lecturer at Keele University's School of Medicine, have discovered that women who conceive with assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) possess a greater risk of vascular and pregnancy complications.

This is a unique study as it considers both pregnancy outcomes and vascular complications at the time of delivery for women who have conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART).

The researchers of this study utilized the data of more than 34 million hospital births to assess patient characteristics, pregnancy outcomes and vascular complications and uncovered that women who conceived with ART were more than twice as likely to suffer kidney failure and have a 65% higher risk of an irregular heartbeat. They also found ART pregnancies to be more likely associated with placental abruption, cesarean and preterm births.

Thus pre-pregnancy counseling from healthcare clinicians is a must regarding the associated complications of ART so that the aspirants can make informed decisions.

SOURCE- Medical Xpress[Internet]. Researchers find link between fertility treatments and an increased risk of pregnancy complications, MARCH 24, 2022. Available from: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-03-link-fertility-treatments-pregnancy-complications.html. 

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