Can Conceiving via IVF Prevent Miscarriages?

25 Feb

While we debate talking to all these specialists and forking out all this money to find out if it’s worth forking out even more for IVF.   What I am reading is “most of the time, the answer is no”.  According to my sources, using IVF (in vitro fertilization) will not reduce your risk of miscarriage. IVF tends to have a high failure rate, and in most cases, the odds are higher that your IVF cycle would fail than the odds that you will have another miscarriage in a natural pregnancy. Unless you are also having trouble conceiving, IVF usually doesn’t make sense as a part of your treatment plan.

There can be some few exceptions to this rule. If you or your partner has been diagnosed with a chromosome abnormality affecting your risk of miscarriage, your doctor may suggest using IVF with a technique called PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). This technique involves performing IVF and then screening the embryos for chromosomal problems prior to implantation. But there isn’t any solid evidence that this practice improves the ultimate chance of a successful pregnancy over continuing to try without intervention, so IVF with PGD is not common as a miscarriage treatment for couples without trouble conceiving.

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2 Responses to “Can Conceiving via IVF Prevent Miscarriages?”

  1. bodegabliss February 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    You know, I just heard about PGD for the first time thins week. I think it’s interesting. Also, I had always wondered if doing IVF reduced your risk of miscarriage, and now I know it doesn’t! Crazy. We have lots to talk about. 🙂

    I like your new header!

    • starfishkittydreams March 15, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      I am still open to IVF for diagnostic purposes even though there isn’t research showing it helps those of us with Repeat Pregnancy Loss. I am hearing from my RE and others that it enables you to gain a lot more information. If we can’t make it work naturally, I am seriously considering it to achieve pregnancy #5.

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