January 24, 2019

In Vitro Fertilization Does Not Increase Pregnancy Complications

In Vitro Fertilization Does Not Increase Pregnancy Complications

In the United States, approximately 1.5% of all births involve the use of assisted reproductive technologies or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Couples going through IVF understandably have questions about the short-term and long-term impact of IVF. We know that couples with infertility have a slightly increased risk of obstetrical complications, specifically decreased birth weight and preterm delivery. However, in vitro fertilization does not increase pregnancy complications.

A recent study out of Finland examined whether these complications are related to IVF treatment itself or pre-existing parental characteristics. Within the same families, they compared siblings who were conceived naturally to siblings who were conceived through IVF. They found similar rates of pregnancy complications, suggesting that IVF itself is not responsible for the slightly increased risk of pregnancy complications that is consistently observed in infertile couples.

This analysis of IVF pregnancies is very encouraging and is consistent with previous studies in this area. Top We are very proud of our IVF program at Fertility Centers of New England (FCNE). IVF is one of the safest, most effective ways to help patients achieve their dream of building a family. Our success rates remain outstanding, and we offer one of the most cost-competitive programs available. If you are interested in learning more about your fertility or have further questions about the best treatment path for you, please contact us today!



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Beth Plante, M.D.

Beth Plante, M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility