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Lowering the Risk of Conceiving Multiples

The right techniques can help with lowering the risk of conceiving multiples with IVF

Many patients who have been struggling to have a baby think it would be nice to have a pregnancy with twins. Our Austin infertility specialists have a different opinion though. We understand that the idea of having multiple babies at once can sound appealing after facing infertility or miscarriages. However, pregnancies with multiples can be dangerous for the mother and the babies. As a result, the team at Texas Fertility Center is committed to lowering the risk of conceiving multiples with IVF.

What are the risks of having a pregnancy with twins?

Most people know that carrying a pregnancy with three or more babies can be risky. However, not everyone understands that pregnancy with twins is much riskier than pregnancy with just one baby.

  • A twin pregnancy is two times more likely to end in a miscarriage.
  • Women carrying twins are more likely to have morning sickness.
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure) is three times more common when a woman is carrying twins.
  • The risk of preterm labor and delivery, prolonged hospitalization, hemorrhaging and the need for a C-section delivery are more likely during pregnancy with twins.

Due to these risk factors, babies born from a pregnancy with multiples are more likely to experience serious health consequences.

  • Infant mortality is four to five times higher for twins than for singletons.
  • There is a higher risk of mental and physical problems due to prematurity.
  • These babies are also more likely to have cerebral palsy and other types of permanent neurological damage.

When you consider the stress, heartache and financial strain associated with these risks, it makes sense why our Austin infertility specialists are focused on lowering the risk of conceiving multiples.

What are the techniques for lowering the risk of conceiving multiples?

When using in vitro fertilization (IVF), our team can minimize the risk of having a pregnancy with multiples by just transferring one embryo at a time. Today, we have more refined laboratory procedures, advanced genetic testing techniques and effective tools for embryo freezing and storage. As such, our Austin infertility specialists can often transfer a single embryo without compromising a patient’s chance of becoming pregnant.

If you’d like to learn more about how we’re lowering the risk of conceiving multiples to help our patients have safe pregnancies and healthy babies, contact us. We’re here to answer your questions and get you on the path to parenthood.

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