Risks of IVF

Risks of In Vitro Fertilization

Like all medical procedures, there are inherent risks associated with embryo transfer as well. The advent of technology and improvement of the protocols have to a large extent mitigated the risks associated with the transfers, these are not eliminated altogether. Some of the commonly associated risks with embryo transfers include

  • Cramps
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine perforation
  • Infections

There are also risks of failure, wherein the embryo implanted may not result in pregnancy. Or in other cases there are multiple pregnancies that occur – which further complicates the pregnancy and eventual birth for both the baby and the mother. The risk of multiple births is higher when multiple embryos have been transferred in place of one.

Also, some of the other possible risks include genetic abnormalities in the child. It is important to note that, because this is a new procedure, the long-term health effects are not yet unascertained. The ever-improving technology, however, mitigates several risks and the stimulation process with frozen embryo transfer is now even more gentle, with hormone levels closer to normal in the woman than it was earlier, this not only reduces risks but also helps improve pregnancy rates.

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