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How Fertility Treatments and Drugs Contribute to Multiple Births

Fertility drugs and treatments are connected to multiple births and premature births, says the March of Dimes (a charity that promotes the health of babies). Here’s a summary of their information on how assisted reproductive technologies, such as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, affect pregnancy and birth rates.

“Many people have focused on the role of assisted reproductive technologies in multiples and have not fully appreciated that fertility drugs alone are responsible for one out of every five multiple births,” said Alan R. Fleischman, M.D., medical director of the March of Dimes. “Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation drugs are widely prescribed, and some health care professionals — and their patients — are not aware of the serious risks of fertility drugs to women and their babies. There is a very high possibility of multi-fetal pregnancy resulting from use of these drugs, and that brings a high risk of prematurity and lifelong health problems for the babies as a consequence.”

This doesn’t mean we should avoid fertility treatments or assisted reproductive technologies, but it is something to be aware of! Talk to your fertility specialist for specific info that relates to you and your chances of getting pregnant. Click Creating Life Against the Odds: The Journey from Infertility to Parenthood to learn how one obstetrician/gynecologist used assisted reproductive technologies to get pregnant. And, read on for the full press release from the March of Dimes…Read More »How Fertility Treatments and Drugs Contribute to Multiple Births