What are the possible complications of IVF treatment?
IVF is basically a safe procedure. However, as with any surgical procedure, a few patients will experience side effects and complications. The most common complications associated with IVF treatment are the failure of treatment, problems experienced as a consequence of ovarian stimulation, the risk of multiple pregnancy, the risks associated with egg collection and the possibility of ectopic pregnancy.
How often these problems occur, how they can be prevented, and how dangerous they are, will be discussed in the following pages.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF pregnancy)
More than 3 million babies have been born by ART methods since the birth of the first IVF baby Louise Brown. Unfortunately, not all IVF procedures that result in a pregnancy lead to a live birth. Approximately 15-20% of IVF pregnancies do not result in a live birth. The table below summarizes the overall outcome of IVF pregnancies compared to natural conception.