Opportunities and risks in a fertility treatment
With the fertility treatment, such as IVF and ICSI, we offer in our clinics, we can significantly exceed the natural pregnancy rates in all age groups. In principle, however, artificial insemination carries the same risks as a natural pregnancy:
Embryos can migrate. Even if the embryo is implanted in the womb, there is still the chance of an ectopic pregnancy. The close examination carried out during fertility treatment results in early detection and treatment of ectopic pregnancies.
10 - 15 % of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. With in vitro fertilisation (IVF), this risk is approximately 15 - 30 %, which can be attributed to the higher average age of the patients.
In vitro fertilisation is carried out in conjunction with a hormone treatment that is aimed at stimulating follicle growth. In addition, we transfer 1 fertilized egg each time (in some cases 2 fertilized eggs - this is the decision of the doctor here at the clinic). These procedures increase your chances of pregnancy, but can have side effects:
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
The hormonal stimulation can trigger ovarian hyperfunction, resulting in liquid collecting in the abdomen and severe abdominal pain. If the prescribed check-up appointments are kept during the course of the treatment, the risk of OHSS is a maximum of 2%.
In the case of IVF, two to three embryos are transferred every time, so that the probability of a multiple pregnancy increases. In 15 - 25 % of cases, twins are born; in 3% of cases, are triplets are born.