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Concern over IVF multiple births
[Posted: Mon 01/07/2002 www.irishhealth.com]
By Deborah Condon
The continuing high rate of multiple pregnancies amongst women who have undergone assisted reproduction, such as in-vetro fertilisation (IVF), is cause for major concern and the incidence of such pregnancies must be reduced, a major European conference on reproduction has been told.
IVF is the name given to a technique where eggs are fertilised with sperm outside the body in a test tube. The resulting embryo is then placed back into the woman's uterus.
Many countries, including Ireland, transfer more than one embryo at a time in order to increase the chances of a pregnancy. The natural rate of multiple births is around 1%, however where a pregnancy results from assisted reproduction, the rate rises to 20-40%.
HARI (Human Assisted Reproduction Ireland) is the main 'assisted reproduction technology' centre in Ireland. It is based in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital.
Speaking at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Dr Karl Nygren, a professor of obstetrics in Sweden, said that the high rate of multiple pregnancies is a 'major medical, psychosocial and economic problem'.
Dr Nygren said that the push for multiple pregnancies was driven by a combination of factors, including costs and patients' wanting 'to meet their reproductive goals as quickly as possible'.
"The reasons for multiple pregnancies is the drive to maximise effectiveness. However evidence is accumulating that that a policy leading to multiple births means increased risk of prematurity and consequently, higher mortality, disability and ill health", Dr Nygren said.
There are also 'psychosocial' problems, such as more difficult pregnancies and more caesarean sections, he added.
He recommends transferring only one embryo to the uterus during IVF.
The ESHRE conference is taking place in Vienna.
|Joan(nisig) Posted: 04/07/2002 10:20|
|For those people looking for a support group in Ireland the group NISIG exists. NISIG (National Infertility Support & Information Group) P.O. Box 131 Eglinton Street Cork. Tel: 1890 647 444 e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org NISIG holds bi-monthly meetings throughout Ireland (Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Dublin) NISIG also has the following sub-groups: Donor Conception (Sperm/Ova) Secondary Infertility "Living Life without Children". We are in no doubt that many couples all over Ireland need the services of a confidential support group. Consequently, we would be delighted to welcome these people to become members of NISIG and in turn we will put them in touch with the nearest group to them|
|Anonymous Posted: 25/08/2002 18:49|
|HOW WOULD MY WIFE AND MYSELF GET IN TOUCH WITH THE IVF CLINIC. WE NEED IT MORE THAN ANYBODY IN IRELAND.|
|Anonymous Posted: 29/10/2002 17:20|
|How long will it take to get an appointment with an IVF clinic|
|Anonymous Posted: 01/08/2003 12:20|
|is there a supliment to improve sperm motality as we are about to embark on ivf and the reason is my husband has very low sperm motality|
|Anonymous Posted: 13/10/2004 20:11|
|We have gone through all tests possible in hospital and its taken 6 weeks to get a private appointment in the rotunda HARI clinic. We have a low sperm count so no drugs will work our only option is through the IVF clinic.|
|sana(BXQ38435) Posted: 29/11/2005 21:38|
|hi am in dublin in tallaght if ther is any clince make ivf,and how much it cost,please answer me|
|Bex Posted: 03/02/2006 19:24|
|Hi my partner has lots of sperm but the quality is not good. We have being trying for 2yrs. We have an app in the Hari clinic in March. Is there is anything he could do to improve sperm, and what is hari like??????????? thanx desperate.|
|Anonymous Posted: 28/04/2006 11:30|
|Try "Maca" (Peruvian natural product) to improve the quality , motality and others|
|wiseone Posted: 13/06/2006 23:59|
|Yes, I agree with last anon poster you should definitely start taking Maca but make sure it's certified organic. There have been several studies done which prove it increases sperm count & sperm motility. You can buy it online here in Ireland|
|wiseone Posted: 14/06/2006 00:01|
|Apparently It's a good for females trying to conceive to take it too!|
|Anonymous Posted: 03/08/2006 23:22|
|I had my etopic pregnancy last febuary 2006 and also just had my laporoscopy done in july 06. The doctor told me that my left fallopian tube is blocked too and recommend to do IVF. How long will it take to get an appointment with IVF clinic and where about in cork they will do IVF?And also how much is ir costs?|
|Elshadai Posted: 18/09/2008 12:47|
|Its takes approximately 4-12weeks to get an appointment. It cost me €5000 excluding the drugs last year 2007.|
|Desparate Dan Posted: 27/10/2008 18:44|
|has anyone ever tried this maca? and what was the outcome?|
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