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Risks of IVF – Complications of IVF Treatment

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What is IVF Treatment?

IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment is a type of Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART), in which, fertilisation happens outside the female body, where the egg and sperm are combined in vitro (in a culture medium). The procedure involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from their ovaries and letting sperm fertilise in the laboratory. Today, we will share our knowledge with you and explain you the risks of IVF and complications of IVF treatment in very simple terms through the three significant steps which are involved in this process-

1. Procedure Preparation
2. Egg Retrieval
3. Embryo Transfer

Procedure Preparation

What Kind of Risks are Involves in IVF Medications (Injectables)


During the process, some hormonal injections are given to the females as these medicines help in stimulating a number of follicles to grow in the ovaries, so that, we can retrieve a greater number of eggs during the treatment. Some of the risks involved with these injectables are shared below-

Possible IVF risks of injectable fertility medicines

  • Mild bruising and soreness at the injection site (using different areas for injections can be helpful).
  • Nausea
  • Temporary allergic reactions like skin reddening or itching at the injection site.
  • Mood Swings

Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome

The main risk involved in IVF treatment is of OHSS (Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome) this basically occurs to the patient who have polycystic ovary syndrome, that is women having multiple eggs. In simple terms, it happens, when we use hormonal injectables to stimulate the number of follicles to increase the number eggs and then, retrieve the eggs. This can cause this syndrome, as a multiple number of eggs (15 or more) are taken out of the body.
This leads to nausea, ovarian discomfort and mild bloating. You do not have to worry much as they generally go away without any medication or treatment within a few days after the collection of eggs.

Severe cases of OHSS can require emergency care however, due to medical advancement and research, this is a very rare case as the embryos are frozen and put back after the 1st cycle, giving a gap of a month to the ovaries which were hyper stimulated. If you are looking for IVF treatment in Delhi you should have proper knowledge of OHSS. To know accurate information, always consult the best IVF specialist around you.

Egg Retrieval

It is very crucial to find a proper center for IVF treatment in Delhi, which has all the necessities under one roof like path lab, embryology lab, ultrasound, etc. so that you don’t have to run multiple places to complete the procedure. This process is a day care process, which only takes 4-5 hours, it is a surgical process of a mere 10-15 mins, and is done without any stiches. During the process of egg retrieval, the doctor uses proper anesthesia and vaginal ultrasound to guide the insertion of a long and thin needle through the vagina to the ovary to take out the follicle fluid, which is handed over to the embryologist, who find the eggs under microscope and adds the sperm of the father to retrieved eggs, which leads to formation of embryo. Possible IVF risk for the procedure include:

  • Mild to moderate pelvic and abdominal pain (during or after). In most of the cases the pain disappears in one or two days and can be managed easily with pain medication.

Embryo Transfer


This process is a very quick procedure of 5 minutes, and there is no requirement of any type of anesthesia. In this process, the embryologist takes the embryos in a catheter and gently place them into the uterus (womb). Female can feel a mild cramping, when the catheter is inserted through the cervix or they may have slight bleeding. It is a very simple procedure with no risks, and only a minimal chance of slight bleeding.

If you conceive with IVF, will your pregnancy be more complicated?


The main complication of IVF treatment is having multiple pregnancy (pregnancy with more than one baby) as the woman body is very well designed to carry a singleton baby but still, to increase the chance of pregnancy, 2 or 3 embryos are added, to eventually increase the success of the treatment. Some of the complications of multiple pregnancy are listed below:

  • Preterm labour or delivery: Premature babies can happen due to this.
  • Delivery by caesarean section

As per our IVF specialists, when you go for IVF treatment in Delhi you should ask your doctor to transfer the minimum number of embryos necessary to provide a high likelihood of pregnancy with the lowest number of multiple pregnancies.

What You Need to Do

We know that as a couple, you must be concerned about the health of the mother and the planned baby and it is understandable but I hope after reading the above article you have a clarity about what the actual scenario is and how you can go ahead and choose the safest medium.

Now if you are looking for the best IVF treatment in Delhi, Origyn IVF is the one on which you can trust easily. We have the best IVF specialists at our center. Book your appointment  with the Origyn IVF today or call us @ 8080809084.

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3 responses to “Risks of IVF – Complications of IVF Treatment”

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