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Study: IVF Risks Rare for Women

The first large study of its kind has found that in vitro fertilization 1

For those requiring more than one IVF cycle, there’s even better news: The frequency of complications decreased with each IVF cycle.2

Published in the January 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National ART Surveillance System (NASS).

The database included more than one million assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles between the years 2000 and 2011. These were cycles where women used either their own eggs or donor eggs, and involved all kinds of fertility treatments.

No major trends?

Complications were most often related to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). It can occur when using fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation. During the course of the 12-year study, hospitalization rates declined, as did medicine-related side effects other than those related to overstimulation.

  1. Kawwass JF et al. JAMA. 2015;313(1):88–90.
  2. Emory News Center: Study shows low complication rates for women trying to conceive via ART.
  3. NIH: Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Posted on January 24th, 2015
Tags: IVF - In Vitro Fertilization, IVF Risks

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