IVF risk for older mums
July 4, 2011 |
Thirty-five doesn’t sound that old to me, but it is when it comes to fertility. It’s already known that there’s a higher risk of failed pregnancies or genetic problems once prospective mums reach this age. New research suggests IVF treatment could increase this risk.
Understanding why this happens in over-35s could improve IVF success rates for these women. But a lot more research is needed to know whether the treatment causes the abnormalities, or just allows the use of unhealthy eggs that wouldn’t be fertilised naturally.
This news story is supported by the Wellcome Trust, GlaxoSmithKline and Life Technologies Foundation as part of the Who am I? project.
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