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Why do fertility treatments often cause multiple births?

Why do fertility treatments often cause multiple births?

Multiple oocytes: Because most fertility treatments involve stimulating multiple eggs (= targets for sperm.) there ar other reasons but this is the easiest to understand. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Klein
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Multiple Births (Definition)

Multiple births can refer to a pregnant female carrying multiple fetuses (such as twins) or a female who has given birth ...Read more


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How often do fertility treatments cause multiple births now?

How often do fertility treatments cause multiple births now?

Multiples & drugs: The chance of a multiple pregnancy depends upon the drug taken and dosage. Clomid (clomiphene) has a 6-8% chance of multiples & gonadotropins depends upon the dose take, and whether treatment is withheld if a sonogram shows multiple follicles that could release an egg. The percentage of multiple could be around 20 to 25%. ...Read more

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I just heard about fertility treatments and birth defects?

I just heard about fertility treatments and birth defects?

Studies show...: Studies show a very small increase in birth defects in babies born to women going through ivf. It is unknown whether this is due to the ivf process, but generally believed to more likely be linked to the fact that the couple has infertility to begin with. ...Read more

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I need information about fertility treatments like IVF and birth defects?

I need information about fertility treatments like IVF and birth defects?

Birth defects & ART: Conventional ivf has not been convincingly linked to birth defects worldwide. There's some evidence linking micro-injection of sperm (ivf/icsi) to a possible slight increase in birth defects (2% or so;) this has not been proven conclusively, and is still being investigated. If an increased risk really does exist, it is a small one. ...Read more

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Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Tooth decay: Sometimes hormonal imbalance can change the ph of your body which in turn can make your mouth more acidic, which can be an environment the bacteria like to thrive in. That can lead to tooth decay. Also you may change the way you eat based on being in treatment, which can be different and possibly change the ph. The lower the ph the more acidic. Bacteria secretes acid to cause decay. ...Read more

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Can I use my flexible spending account for fertility treatments?

Can I use my flexible spending account for fertility  treatments?

Probably: Fertility treatments are medically standard therapy and are appropriate for flex spending accounts. Policies vary, so check with your policy to be sure. ...Read more

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Why are fertility treatments risky for a woman who is not producing eggs?

Why are fertility treatments risky for a woman who is not producing eggs?

Not: They are not risky in that situation. They just have a low chance of success and therefore you are potentially taking medicine and paying for treatments that have a very low chance of success. But they are not "risky" ...Read more

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What's the diffrence between gonalf , gonorelic and lovonox medications . My md is prescribing me these for fertility treatments . Was on follitrim .

Each is its own drug: Follistim, gonal f (follitropin alfa) and Bravelle are different brands of "fsh" hormone--a hormone made by the pituitary to stimulate egg growth. Ganarelix blocks ovulation--its a gnrh antagonist ( it blocks the action of gnrh from the brain) and Lovenox thins the blood, it acts on the clotting system. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of having twins with fertility treatments?

What is the likelihood of having twins with fertility treatments?

Depends on treatment: Clomid (clomiphene) ovulation induction may pose a 5-8% multiple pregnancy outcome. Injectable FSH treatment carries a higher risk of approximately 25%. In vitro fertilization carries a 30-35%, but this is highly dependent on number of embryos transferred to the uterus and several other parameters. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Fertility (Definition)

Fertility refers to the ability of a woman to conceive a child, or to the ability of a man to ...Read more