Placental anomalies are high for assisted reproduction patients

Researchers working on a study published last month in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology shed light on a factor that may increase a pregnant woman's risk of suffering a placental anomaly.

They found that those women who become pregnant via the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) have a marked increase of suffering problems with the placenta during their pregnancies than those who conceive spontaneously.

To reach this conclusion, researchers from Sydney, Australia's University of New South Wales, conducted a thorough investigation of other studies and literature surrounding placental anomalies.

In reviewing 33 different studies chronicling just over 6 million non-ART pregnancies and 124,215 that were ART, the researchers observed an alarming trend. Placental anomalies were remarkably higher among the artificially-conceived pregnancies versus those that were spontaneous.

Researchers determined that the odds of a woman suffering placenta previa if she's undergone a ART procedure was nearly 4 percent higher than someone who hadn't.

Her risk of placental abruption was almost 2 percent higher after having become pregnant using ART. The likelihood that she would suffer a morbidly-adherent placenta was 2.27 more that that of women who'd become pregnant without medical intervention.

They also found that women who've become pregnant after undergoing an ART procedure involving the transfer of a frozen embryo were at even higher risk of suffering from placenta previa than those who conceived spontaneously. They found that they were 2.42 percent more likely to suffer from this condition than women who'd become pregnant naturally.

If you or your baby developed complications related to your placental abruption or other type of anomaly, a Tucson birth injury attorney can advise you as to whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

Source: Physician's Weekly, "Assisted reproduction may up risk of placental abnormalities," accessed June 15, 2018

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