IVF linked to slightly higher risk of pregnancy complications, study says

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Women who become pregnant using fertility treatments, particularly in-vitro fertilization, have a slightly higher risk of severe complications around the time of delivery compared to women who conceive naturally, research suggests.Those complications include post-partum bleeding that may require a blood transfusion, admission to an intensive care unit, infection of the reproductive system, and, in extremely rare cases, death.Story continues below

READ MORE: Here’s how successful your IVF cycles will be, according to a new studyIn a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a team of researchers compared the rate of severe complications in women who became pregnant with a reproductive technology versus those who did not need help to conceive.“We found that 30.8 per 1,000 of the women in our study who received an infertility treatment experienced a severe pregnancy complication,” said lead researcher Dr. Natalie Dayan, director of obstetric medicine at McGill University Health Centre.“When compared with a group of women of approximately the same age and with similar characteristics who gave birth without the use of infertility treatment, 22.2 per 1,000 experienced a severe pregnancy complication.“But it’s important to remember that the absolute number of women who develop these complications remains quite small,” she added. “For the vast majority of women or couples who cannot conceive naturally, this treatment is a very safe and effective method of becoming pregnant and having a child.”WATCH: Here’s what you need to know about your high-risk pregnancy

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