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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does IVF lower the chances of miscarriage?

    I'm currently undergoing my second cycle of IVF treatment and wondering if IVF lowers my changes of miscarriage?
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  • Dr Karin Hammarberg

    Registered Nurse

    Karin is a Research Fellow at the Jean Hailes Research Unit at Monash University and Senior Research Officer at the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority.Karin … View Profile

    No, most miscarriages happen because there is something wrong with the fetus. In IVF a 2-5 day old embryo is transferred to the uterus and there is no way to know then whether the embryo has all it takes to develop into a baby. The rate of miscarriage in IVF is about 20%. The risk of miscarriage for spontaneous and IVF concieved pregnancies increases with increasing maternal and paternal ages.

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