The risk of hypertensive disorders in an IVF pregnancy is not a new topic, but a systematic review published by BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth on June 26, 2021 (read HERE) provides new evidence in this regard.
IVF pregnancy hypertensive disorders
The study begins by addressing the relevance of this incidence from the first moment of birth; “Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) is one of the most common pregnancy complications and causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including HDP. However, the impact of multiple pregnancies, oocyte donation, as well as fresh and frozen embryo transfer needs to be further studied.” (Read more here and here).
Eighty-five studies were included in the study after a selection of 1,879 abstracts and 283 articles. The authors concluded that IVF / ICSI pregnancies are more likely to have HDP and preeclampsia than natural pregnancies, regardless of plurality. The odds were especially high in frozen embryo transfer and oocyte donation pregnancies.
As we have said in previous articles, the main concern of our Observatory is whether women who opt for assisted reproductive techniques have the appropriate information before signing their consent.