Understanding the Risks of IVF to Your Physical Health

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^ Weighing up the risks involved for the female partner ^ Checking out the risks involved for the male partner ^ Considering the health of IVF children

A\ s with all medical procedures, IVF involves some potential risks that you should be aware of before you decide to embark on treatment. You need to consider firstly the risks that relate directly to the IVF procedure and secondly health problems that may develop down the track because you've undergone IVF. But the most burning question for couples who have IVF is whether their child/children will have more medical problems than children conceived spontaneously.

In this chapter, I outline what's known about the possible short- and long-term risks of IVF treatment to the female and male partners, and to the baby.

It's not always possible to say with certainty whether adverse health outcomes found in couples who've undergone IVF are caused by the IVF technique itself, the underlying cause of the infertility or the fact that, on average, couples who have IVF are older when they have children.

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