Multiple pregnancies following assisted reproductive technologies--a happy consequence or double trouble?

S R Murray, J E Norman

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Abstract

The association between assisted reproduction technologies (ART) and multiple pregnancy is well-established, with a multiple birth rate of 24% in ART pregnancies. Multiple pregnancy is associated with significantly increased maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, as well as increased costs to the National Health Service. Evidence relating to the obstetric outcomes of ART twins versus naturally conceived twins is discussed in this review. Methods to reduce the risk of multiple births including elective single embryo transfer and multifetal pregnancy reduction are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-7
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

Bibliographical note

Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Premature
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Pregnancy Reduction, Multifetal
  • Pregnancy, Multiple
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted
  • Single Embryo Transfer
  • Twins

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