Fertility Drugs, Not IVF, Are Top Cause of Multiple Births

Fertility Drugs, not IVF, are Top Cause of Multiple Births

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One reason many women try to avoid fertility treatments is because they are concerned with having more than one baby. Often, this is something that is related to the treatment itself. But, now research is showing that it may be fertility drugs rather than in-vitro that causes multiple births. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When does IVF cause Multiple Births?

IVF is a fertility treatment that involves fertilizing an egg outside of the woman’s body. In many instances, women need to purchase donor eggs because they are not able to produce healthy eggs on their own.

When these eggs are fertilized, the embryos are placed back in the woman’s body. In some instances, doctors will choose to place more than one embryo in the body, which can cause a multiple birth to occur. However, this is actually not a preferred situation. Instead, doctors prefer to place only one or two embryos in the uterus in order for one pregnancy to occur.

Drugs Increase the Chances More

The reason that fertility drugs are actually behind the increase in the number of multiple births is because of the way they affect the number of eggs that are released. Many drugs, wind up causing a woman to ovulate more than once during her cycle. This could mean that more than one egg is present when sperm is attempting to fertilize the eggs.

One of the great things about fertility drugs is that they are extremely effective. However, even for women who are not having IVF, they increase the risk of a multiple birth pregnancy. For many, having more than one baby at a time is desirable, but this is not always the case. There are actually quite a few health concerns related to a multiple birth pregnancy.

Alternatives to these Drugs

If you are concerned about taking fertility drugs because of the increased risks of multiple babies, there are some options available for you. For example, there are quite a few over the counter medications that can actually work pretty similarly to fertility drugs, but that don’t have as many health related risks involved.

One thing to keep in mind before you start taking these drugs is that they can actually take some time to start working. Since the cause the body to become healthier naturally, their results could be delayed for several months. However, this is often preferable to the risks related to fertility drugs.

If you are considering fertility drugs, it is best to talk to your doctor about your chances of having more than one baby. Deciding to take them is a big decision and it is best to be as informed as possible while going through the decision making process.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.