Susan Caldwell: I have children thanks to IVF, but here’s why I would never, ever recommend it.

ICSI sperm injection into oocyte Courtesy: RWJMS IVF Laboratory

You may have heard the recent news about IVF experts speaking out against the common practice of transferring multiple embryos to the uterus, published in the New York Times. The multiple-birth method has been normalized by clinics—hoping to enhance pregnancy rates to attract patients—but now experts are voicing concerns about a link between this practice and high health risks to the mother and child, often not made clear to infertile couples prior to the procedure. In particular, the practice frequently results in the birth of multiple infants; these babies are often born prematurely and spend significant time in intensive care. The risks stretch further, with an increased chance of physical and mental abnormalities, such as cerebral palsy.

These are real problems that I’m glad are getting more attention. But I can tell you this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how IVF fails women. I say this as someone who has used IVF to have children.

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