IVF mums hit hardest by miscarriage

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The miscarriage of an IVF baby is more likely to psychologically affect a woman.

Researchers from Hong Kong have examined the stress, anxiety and depression levels of women who have suffered miscarriages after an assisted conception technique such as IVF, compared to women who conceived naturally. The study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , examined 150 women who had suffered a miscarriage in the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy, using interviews and questionnaires. Half of the women had conceived naturally and the other 75 had conceived after assisted reproduction.
In the first week there was little difference noted between the two groups. However, at four weeks and twelve weeks after the miscarriage, the group containing those with assisted reproduction showed significantly higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

Commenting on the results, co-author of the study Dr Cheung Sze Yan Charleen, of Hong Kong's Queen Mary Hospital, concluded that miscarriage resulted in greater psychological trauma to women who had conceived after assisted reproduction.

Dr Charleen added: "Elevated emotional stress after miscarriage could therefore be associated with the duration of subfertility and the need of assisted reproduction. Timely support and intervention would be beneficial in the management of this group of women, as would further research into the potential long-term impact for adverse psychological outcomes after miscarriage."

Copyright Press Association 2013


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