IVF has been in the UK news twice this week following the publication of two recent studies on IVF. Here is the BBC news coverage of the IVF research findings below
Being overweight doubles IVF miscarriage risk 28th June 2011 BBC news
Overweight women undergoing fertility treatment have double the risk of miscarriage of normal weight women, a UK study says.
More than a third of overweight and obese women had a miscarriage compared with one in five of normal weight women, a fertility conference heard.
Previous research has shown that women who conceive naturally are also at a higher risk if they are overweight.
Experts warned that obesity is putting women’s fertility at risk.
The study in more than 300 women was carried out at the fertility clinic at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Read the full article here at BBC news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10434138
IVF procedure ‘may increase risk of Down’s syndrome’ 4th July 2011
Drugs used in IVF for older women may increase their risk of having a baby with Down’s syndrome, experts say.
Doctors already know that the chance of having a baby with the genetic condition goes up with the age of the mother, especially for those over 35.
Now UK researchers, who looked at 34 couples, think drugs used to kick-start ovaries for IVF in older women disturb the genetic material of the eggs . Work is now needed to confirm their suspicions, a meeting in Sweden heard
Read the full article her at BBC news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13992232