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What kind of complications might happen from an in vitro fertilization?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 43 years experience
IVF Safe: Ivf is a very safe procedure but all procedures have risks. For brevity, biggest worries include hyperstimulation syndrome (ohss), ectopic pregnancy, multiple pregnancy, complicated pregnancy (probably from being infertile), bleeding (uncommon), discomfort for 24-48 hrs. Controversial is risk of baby health, cancer, icsi and genetics (imprinting disorders). Look up terms as no room to expand here.
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 37 years experience
Rare..but: 1. Poor stimulation and a cancelled cycle 2. Over syimualtion with too many eggs and one can overly bloated distended and very sick 3. No fertilization 4. Poor embryo quality 5. No pregnancy.
Dr. Deborah Smith
Fertility Medicine 35 years experience
Very few: Ivf is a safe procedure but even minor procedures have risks. The risks from the actual procedure include bleeding from the ovary or damage to organs and vessels near by the ovaries. However there are indirect risks from the fertility drugs including hyperstimulation and multiple pregnancy not directly related to the procedure itself.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What happens when in vitro fertilization is done?

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Dr. Scott Roseff
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Several steps: The woman is given injectable fertility drugs to produce several eggs. The eggs are removed from her ovaries through her vagina while under anesthesia. The eggs are fertilized with sperm and embryos are grown in our lab. An average of two advanced embryos (called blastocysts) are placed in her uterus and two weeks later we do a sensitive pregnancy test. Hope this helps!

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