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I am forty years old and have been through 2 unsuccessful IVF cycles. My fertility specialist is recommending a third cycle, but I’m concerned about the long-term risks from the drugs. What are the risks associated with IVF and do these risks get greater with each additional cycle?

Written by our medical expert, Dr. Steven Hudson. Thank you for the question – which is a very prudent one. The first question to ask is whether or not another IVF cycle for you has a reasonable chance of success. I am assuming because your fertility specialist has suggested it, you must have had good […]

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Up against the clock: What women don’t know about age-related fertility decline

The results of a study recently published in the journal, Human Reproduction, suggests that some women may not be adequately informed about age-related fertility decline. Over the course of two years (i.e, between 2009 and 2011), researchers at the University of California, San Francisco interviewed 61 women living in diverse families who underwent in vitro […]

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Fertility treatments may increase the risk of birth defects

A study conducted in Australia by Michael J. Davies and his colleagues, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that babies conceived using assisted reproductive technologies may be at greater risk for birth defects, such as heart, muscle, and gastrointestinal problems, and cerebral palsy. In addition – perhaps because of their age […]

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A remarkable gift of life: Egg donors and recipients

A recent article published in The Guardian provides a glimpse into the experience of egg donation from the perspectives of an egg donor, two women who underwent fertility treatments with donated eggs, and a fertility specialist. Consistent with recent studies of both known and anonymous egg donations, the women discussed in this article were all […]

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