In Vitro Fertilization: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:34 by admin
Infertile couples often turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a last resort in their fight to bear children. During the procedure, a doctor inserts a needle through a woman's abdomen or vagina into the ovary and removes several eggs. Using sperm, the eggs are then fertilized in a culture dish and re-inserted into the uterus of the mother. Although the number of IVF procedures has risen in recent years, the chances of the process producing a full-term baby are only about twenty-five percent.

A March 2002 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that babies born through assisted reproductive treatments (ART) are twice as likely to suffer a birth defect as children born without an ART. The study, conducted by researchers in Western Australia, revealed similar results to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this year. According to the CDC, out of the 82,000 assisted procedures performed in the United States in 1998, only 20,000 resulted in successful births. Babies also faced twice the risk of suffering long-term disabilities. Many were born underweight.

See your doctor if you or your baby suffered because of in vitro fertilization. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Medical Procedures: Overview
  2. Birth Defects
  3. Birth Injuries
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