In Vitro Fertilization Risks: The Facts

As desperate as you are to conceive a child, you need to calculate the risk factors before going ahead with in vitro fertilization.

Here are some In Vitro Fertilization Risks to consider.

In Vitro Fertilization Risk # 1 – Multiple Pregnancy

A well-documented risk associated with IVF is the increased chance of having a multiple pregnancy, due to the high number of embryos transferred. This may result in the birth of twins, triplets, or even in rare cases, quadruplets!

Suddenly, from struggling to have a single child, you now have a whole tribe of them! Make no mistake, that can have huge consequences for all concerned.

In Vitro Fertilization Risk # 2 – Premature Birth

Another risk of having more than one embryo placed your womb is that, by carrying more than one baby at a time, you increase the risk of premature birth and having a baby with a low birth weight.

In Vitro Fertilization Risk # 3 – Ectopic Pregnancy

A further complication due to over stimulation of the ovaries is an increased risk of suffering an ectopic pregnancy – a fertilized embryo starts growing in the fallopian tube without arriving at the uterus.

This can potentially lead to a double tragedy. An ectopic (or tubal) pregnancy will not support life to gestation, so a miscarriage usually occurs and the dream of having a child is not realized. Potentially, if not spotted early enough, an ectopic pregnancy can rupture the fallopian tube and become life-threatening to the woman.

In Vitro Fertilization Risk # 4 – Stress and Depression

An often overlooked risk associated with IVF is the physical, emotional, financial, and time demands it places on couple.

Stress and depression are common among couples dealing with infertility. A woman taking fertility medicines may have bloating, abdominal pain, mood swings, headaches, and other side effects.

See this article on Stress and Fertility for how best to deal with stress.

In Vitro Fertilization Risk # 5 – Self-Administered Medicine

Many IVF medicines must be given by injection several times a day. Quite often they have to be self-administered at home … not easy to do if you are already squeamish about needles. If you’re not careful, repeated injections can cause bruising.

In Vitro Fertilization Risk # 6 – Secondary Symptoms

Further risks associated with egg retrieval include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection and damage to structures surrounding the ovaries, including the bowel and bladder.

As you can see, there are a number of In Vitro Fertilization Risk factors you need to take into consideration before advancing with the treatment.