Risks of in vitro fertilization include:
- Birth defect
The age of the mother is the primary risk factor in the development of birth defects, no matter how the child is conceived. More research is needed to determine whether babies conceived using in vitro fertilization might be at increased risk of certain birth defects.
Although some early studies suggested there may be a link between certain medications used to stimulate egg growth and the development of a specific type of ovarian tumour, more-recent studies do not support these findings. There does not appear to be a significantly increased risk of breast, endometrial, cervical or ovarian cancer after in vitro fertilization.
Use of in vitro fertilization can be financially, physically and emotionally draining. Support from councelors, family and friends can help you and your partner through the ups and downs of infertility treatment.