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Will art or IVF (in vitro fertilization) cause any birth defects in the baby?

Will art or IVF (in vitro fertilization) cause any birth defects in the baby?

Not likely.: See recent impactful publcation in the new england journal of medicine [n engl j med. 2012 may 10;366(19):1803-13. Epub 2012 may 5]. The increased risk of birth defects associated with ivf was no longer significant after adjustment for parental factors. The risk of birth defects associated with icsi remained increased after multivariate adjustment. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Ivf (Definition)

In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology. Ivf is a procedure used to treat fertility problems and assist with the conception of a child. During ivf mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. A few days later, the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted into the uterus. One cycle of in vitro fertilization ...Read more


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Will I have a premature birth after ivf?

Will I have a premature birth after ivf?

No: There is a slight increase risk of preterm labor in pregnancies conceived by ivf. Part of this is because of the risk of multiple gestations like twins and triplets. Recent studies show that even single pregnancies conceived by ivf have a slight increase risk of preterm labor. It is important to be followed closely by your doctor or cnm. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "birth rate" and "pregnancy rate" in ivf?

What is the difference between "birth rate" and "pregnancy rate" in ivf?

Outcome: Number of pregnancies is always higher than number of births due to miscarriages. ...Read more

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Why does IVF treatment frequently lead to multiple births?

Why does IVF treatment frequently lead to multiple births?

It doesnt have to: Ivf, as opposed to using fertility medications with/without artificial insemination, actually gives you a lot of control over your risk of multiple pregnancy, since no matter how many embryos are made in the lab, you can always choose to transfer just one embryo into the uterus (there would still be about a 1% chance of identical twins if the embryo splits). ...Read more

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Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

Infor availiable: Slight increase was undoubtably explained to you, check your contract. Birth defects also can occur in non ivf kids as well as learning disabilities. Congrats on giving birth. ...Read more

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Should you go on birth control just before starting IVF if you've been doing continuous failed iui's?

Should you go on birth control just before starting IVF if you've been doing continuous failed iui's?

It depends: The decision to use birth control pills prior to an ivf cycle should be individualized. Each persons situation is different. Some women are not affected by the pills and the pills may help with scheduling. Some women may be adversely affected by being on the pills and they should be avoided. And some women will do better in ivf after being on pills. ...Read more

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I'm 37yrs old i've had two live births and 3 miscarriages just did 3 embryo implants through IVF what my odds to get preg?

I'm 37yrs old i've had two live births and 3 miscarriages just did 3 embryo implants through IVF what my odds to get preg?

It depends.: There are so many variables to consider, you should really ask your infertility specialist. They should be able to tell you their success rates for patients with similar characteristics to yours. ...Read more

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41 yo female pregnant after first IVF (2 mcs w/ no ivf) - is clexane necessary, and if so for how long? Risk of birth defects?

41 yo female pregnant after first IVF (2 mcs w/ no ivf) - is clexane necessary, and if so for how long? Risk of birth defects?

Depends on MC tests: Clexane is enoxaparin, a form of heparin, and is an anticoagulant or 'blood thinner'. It does not cause birth defects - Heparin can't cross the placenta to get into baby's blood, and it is pregnancy category b for safety, with no evidence of harmful effects on the baby in pregnant women. Do you need it & for how long depends on what your miscarriage tests found. Talk to your md. Congrats on preg! ...Read more

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41 yo female pregnant after first IVF (2 mcs w/ no ivf) - is clexane necessary, and if so for how long? Risk of birth defects?

41 yo female pregnant after first IVF (2 mcs w/ no ivf) - is clexane necessary, and if so for how long? Risk of birth defects?

What's : Like all meds, ask the doc prescribing if you don't know what it's for or proper dosing. I'm sorry i'm not familiar with. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Ivf Pregnancy (Definition)

In-vitro fertilization is a process where the egg and sperm are united outside of the woman's body, in a laboratory setting. Some of the resulting embryos are then implanted ...Read more