IVF Claimed to Possess Some Side-Effects : UK Study

IVF Claimed to Possess Some Side-Effects : UK StudyScientists from Britain claimed that facilitating to in-vitro fertilization (IVF), an egg harvesting method, creates problem instead of solving. The women above 35 years of age who underwent the treatment to conceive were liable to have some complications and a lesser chance of having a healthy child.

In the IVF approach, the patient is regularly given doses of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) medicine which enabled their ovaries to produce a good number of eggs necessary to form an embryo; it is an artificial way of fertilizing the eggs in the ovary.

But the fertility experts have found the approach having certain side-effects on the child; they believed that high doses of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) could make it more likely that eggs will have large-scale genetic faults known as chromosomal abnormalities. The fault in the number of chromosomes in the fertilized egg could result in serious syndromes like Down's syndrome and Edwards Syndrome.

Prof Alan Handyside of the London Bridge Fertility, Gynecology and Genetics Centre, along with other scientists found this out by analysing the number of such faults at two stages of egg meiosis - at ovulation and then at fertilization. As per Professor Handyside, many clinics were using the mild [ovarian] stimulation process so as to develop same number of healthy eggs without pressurizing the ovaries.