Increased risk of birth complications after IVF

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have confirmed results from previous studies showing that the risk of complications in childbirth, such as stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight, and death within the first 28 days is twice as high for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies compared with naturally conceived babies.
Although these risks are increased compared to natural conceptions, the chance of this happening is still considered very low.
The study only looked at births up to 2002 and it remains to be seen whether improvements in the way embryos are cultured in the lab have decreased these risks since then. It also remains unclear how much of this increased risk is explained by the underlying cause of the infertility or the actual use of assisted conception.

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