Category Archive In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

IVF Pregnancies Raise Death Risk for Mothers?

According to research, it is believed that the increased risk of death for mothers opting IVF may occur from the body that is rejecting donation of eggs. This may also occur because of the underlying health problems that may come to the fore during the artificial conception i.e via IVF treatment.IVF pregnancies may raise death risk for mothers as it increases vigilance so that the exact nature of the risk can be calculated easily. According to the statement of a professor at Radboud University in the Netherlands, “Women should be counseled and should be made aware of the risks she is taking and the deaths should be properly reported. ” The professor also stated that the deaths of women opting for IVF treatment between the years 1984 and 2008. It was found that 17 women died in pregnancy who had opted for IVF treatment. The death rate of death women is 12.1 in every 100,000 or women who have conceived normally. The rising age of mothers can be the increasing rate of complications. Last year nearly 27000 of women over the age of 40 gave birth there has been a rise of 50 percent died in a decade. There are about 13000 of IVF births in a year.

Reasons which can raise death risk for mothers in IVF treatment:

  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome – Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHS) can occur as a result of fertility drugs which are used to stimulate the development of eggs in the ovaries of a woman. If in case, the ovaries are overstimulated then they can become enlarged. The symptoms of having OHS are such as abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting can occur. In most of the cases, fluid may accumulate around the lungs or heart of a woman.
  • Age of a woman – Age is the main factor that can raise the death risk of a woman in an IVF pregnancy. It is observed through research that women who conceive via IVF treatment tend to be older as compared to the women who conceive naturally. In fact, the chances of miscarriages and death of a mother increase to above 60%. The risk can be chromosomal birth defects like down syndrome that increases from up to 1:100 women. This may be due to an increase in egg chromosomal defects along with advancing maternal age.
  • Multiple Pregnancies – IVF is a major cause of resulting in multiple births. While twin pregnancies are related with increased perinatal morbidity and high order multiple pregnancies. This may also impact the well being of a woman undergoing IVF treatment.
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