Why would a miscarriage occur during the IVF process?

It's been said that a miscarriage could occur during the IVF process. If the uterus [womb] is okay, what then would cause a miscarriage?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (1)


Answered by Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group

The majority of miscarriages are a result of abnormal genetic makeup of the embyo. This is as prevalant with IVF as is with regular conception.

Even a 20 year old will produce a small percentage of genetically abnormal embryos--as we age that percentage grows. The majority of genetically abnormal pregnancies will result in miscarriage.

The only way to know if your embryos are genetically normal is to pay for genetic testing (PGD/PGS) during your IVF cycle. In this process, the embryologist will biopsy a number of your embryos and send them off for genetic testing. Results will come back with the sex of each embryo, and whether they are genetically normal or if not, what genetic abnormality is affecting the embryo.

A lot of people will use this method of genetic testing if they have had several miscarriages and are doing IVF, or if they know both the male and female parents are carriers for a know genetic disease that they are likely to pass down to offspring.

Published on Mar 01, 2016

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Answered by Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group

The majority of miscarriages are a result of abnormal genetic makeup of the embyo. This is as prevalant with IVF as is with regular conception.

Even a 20 year old will produce a small percentage of genetically abnormal embryos--as we age that percentage grows. The majority of genetically abnormal pregnancies will result in miscarriage.

The only way to know if your embryos are genetically normal is to pay for genetic testing (PGD/PGS) during your IVF cycle. In this process, the embryologist will biopsy a number of your embryos and send them off for genetic testing. Results will come back with the sex of each embryo, and whether they are genetically normal or if not, what genetic abnormality is affecting the embryo.

A lot of people will use this method of genetic testing if they have had several miscarriages and are doing IVF, or if they know both the male and female parents are carriers for a know genetic disease that they are likely to pass down to offspring.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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