IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and Birth Injury Risks
If you or someone you love conceived through IVF or In Vitro Fertilization, it is more likely than not that your road to pregnancy and parenthood has been less than easy. Having children is no doubt one of life’s biggest blessings, and assisted reproductive technologies are an incredible answer, but typically accompanied with a heavy heart and a heavy price.
IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is a process to assist in reproduction and ultimately pregnancy, whereby an egg(s) is fertilized outside of the body and then inseminated. The process begins with stimulating egg production, retrieving the eggs, fertilizing and inseminating. Hormone therapy and additional medical support is often required, before and during the pregnancy. In many cases, the mother is previously diagnosed with a complication, leading to the need for IVF.
IVF is used in a variety of situations;
- Male or female infertility
- Unexplained infertility
- Damaged or inviable fallopian tubes
- Ovulation issues
- Genetic disorders
Costs are estimated to start from $10-$20,000 just for a single cycle. Coupling the cost and the emotional toll, In Vitro is not a decision to be arrived at lightly!
IVF In Vitro Fertilization and Birth Risks
IVF pregnancies are often and commonly labeled as ‘high risk’ due to a variety of factors. While IVF itself may or may not constitute higher risk pregnancies, recipients of IVF are more likely to have complicated medical histories that contribute to the diagnosis. Further complicating that, 40% of IVF or assisted pregnancies can results in twins or multiples, which is also considered higher risk.
If your OB GYN fails to appropriately plan your pregnancy, an IVF or assisted pregnancy and subsequent birth can have devastating outcomes.
Pregnancies from IVF are at a higher risk of several concerns;
- Low birth weight
- Premature labor
- Multiple births
- High BP
- Bleeding complications
- Increased cancer risks
- Stress and painful symptoms
- Procedure complications
- Ectopic pregnancies
- Birth defects
- Miscarriage & more.
Unfortunately, these are in addition to the potentially painful, expensive and emotionally taxing elements.
IVF has brought hope and the possibility of family to so many – But not without an expensive and emotional price tag. The emotional toll, coupled with both known and unknown risks can be overwhelming.
If you or a loved one suffered a loss or birth injury following an IVF pregnancy, contact my offices immediately. As your Ohio birth injury attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.