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Pregnancy risks

Every pregnancy comes with a certain amount of risk, irrespective of whether it was assisted or happened naturally. The emergence of new life is a highly complex process and the cell division processes during the first days and weeks are in particular highly prone to failure. Today we know that many pregnancies end during this early stage, even before they are detected – even in young, healthy couples, the pregnancy rate is no higher than 20-30% per cycle. 

When does pregnancy involve risk?

A woman’s fertility declines from the age of 35. The likelihood of achieving a natural pregnancy is only about 8% by the time the woman is 40, and at the same time, the risk of miscarriage increases. Therefore, a pregnancy is formally classified as a high-risk pregnancy when the woman is over 35. This does not necessarily mean that there is an actual health risk to the mother or baby. The term “high-risk pregnancy” means that the doctor who is providing treatment monitors your pregnancy more closely and carries out more frequent checks.

What factors affect a pregnancy?

The woman’s age is one of many risk factors for a pregnancy – even a young woman’s pregnancy is classified as high-risk if there are complications or health problems. The most common risk factors are:

 

  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes or rheumatism
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Unhealthy lifestyle (poor nutrition, lack of exercise)
  • Use of medication
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Nowadays, 25–30% of all pregnancies are classified as high-risk pregnancies. Actual complications however are not quite as common, because these pregnancies are closed monitored by the doctors.

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:

Ectopic 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.

Miscarriage

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%.

Multiple pregnancy

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.

What risks does fertility treatment pose for the child?

In natural pregnancies, the risk of miscarriage is between 2% and 7% in Germany, depending on the extent of the examinations during pregnancy. According to current knowledge, this risk is neither higher nor lower with an IVF pregnancy than in the case of natural pregnancies. 

Recent findings indicate that there is an increased risk of transmission of a genetic disorder from parent to child in the case of artificial insemination by ICSI. For example, in 3-5% of men with a serious fertility problem, a genetic factor is responsible, meaning that a child conceived through ICSI might also have a fertility problem. A very small percentage (1-2%) of infertile men also carry the gene for cystic fibrosis, which is also transferred to the child during ICSI. For this reason we recommend genetic counselling and, if necessary, an examination of the genetic material before fertility treatment is started. In our clinics we look at your individual situation and give you comprehensive advice on the diagnostic and therapeutic options to increase your chance of having a baby.

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Our opening times: 
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København
☎ +45 70 60 60 90
copenhagen[at]vivaneo.dk

Aarhus
☎ +45 86 27 76 26
aarhus[at]vivaneo.dk

Aalborg
☎ +45 (0)98 14 45 55
faurskov[at]fertilitet-ultralyd.dk

Holbæk
☎ +45 (0)59 44 13 01

Skive
☎ +45 (0)97 51 04 00
mail[at]dr-rolighed.dk

StorkKlinik
☎ +45 32 57 33 16
info[at]storkklinik.dk

 

We look forward to hearing from you!