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Content Tagged: assisted reproduction

Rising number of twins and triplets born to mothers in their 40s

As more women are using IVF to have children in their 40s, the number of multiple births to this group of parents is rising. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the United Kingdom indicate that in 2013, due to efforts to limit the number of embryos transferred during an IVF […]

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New technology identifies which embryos carry inherited diseases

A new type of pre-genetic testing called karyomapping helps identify which embryos have genes that will pass on inherited diseases such as Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis, and the BRCA cancer genes. Using this technology, embryos without the genes can be selected for transfer during an IVF cycle. Karyomapping takes just 3-4 weeks to provide results, as […]

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The unexpected risks of multiple IVF treatments

Two recent articles profiled the stories of women who went into early menopause after undergoing multiple IVF treatments, raising the question: can multiple IVF cycles actually cause early menopause? Helen Burke, 39, tried to conceive a baby since she was 22, and underwent 10 failed rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Fifteen years later, at […]

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Couple expecting quadruplets after 8 years of trying to become pregnant

Ashley and Tyson Gardner, of Utah, United States were shocked to discover that they are expecting two sets of identical twin baby girls after undergoing their first in vitro fertilization cycle. At 70 million to 1, the odds of this happening were even greater than the odds of winning a lottery. Doctors transferred two embryos […]

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