Doctors are apparently warning women that high doses of drugs taken to stimulate the ovaries in the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) may damage eggs and womb lining reducing the woman's chance of conceiving.
The reports come in advance of the first annual meeting of the International Society of Natural Cycle Assisted Reproduction (ISNAR).
The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, born in 1978, used an IVF procedure which collected the woman's eggs during ovulation making the most of her natural cycle.
The use of high dose drugs has increased as older women, with less chance of success, are seeking treatment for infertility.
It is believed that one in twenty IVF patients suffer some side effect from the drugs used, this can range from pain and bloating to kidney damage.
Full article: BioNews.org.uk
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