[Holy Hormones Honey! First an article about IVF treatments and an increase in birth defects (posted May 7) and now an article on how the toxic drugs in the more expensive IVF injections affect the health of the mother and the baby. Moral of the story? Perhaps we should not be injecting any toxic drugs – including vaccines – into the body?]
Toxic drugs used in IVF ‘risk health of mothers and babies’
PUBLISHED: 19:50 EST, 13 May 2012
IVF procedures widely used in the UK are posing a ‘serious health risk’, healthcare experts have warned.
Clinics are using ‘aggressive’ practices that improve success rates but have led to treatments becoming one of the biggest causes of maternal deaths in England and Wales, they said.
There is increasing evidence that the most common treatment, which involves high doses of toxic drugs to stimulate increased egg production in the ovaries, causes abnormalities in embryos and can damage a mother’s health.
Experts were told at a conference in Copenhagen that an alternative ‘mild’ treatment should be used instead of the more risky options common in the commercially driven UK market.
Professor Geeta Nargund, head of reproductive medicine at St George’s Hospital in London, said that high-dose stimulation led to side-effects, including ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS), a potentially fatal illness.
She said: ‘A recent confidential inquiry into maternal deaths in the UK showed that OHSS was now one of the biggest causes of maternal mortality in England and Wales.
‘There is no doubt that women subjected to this kind of stimulation are at serious health risk.’
Between 1991 and 2007 30,000 cases of OHSS were recorded in the UK. The syndrome can also cause kidney failure and shortness of breath.