IVF and pregnancy risks

Fertility Specialist Kristin Bendikson, MD, shares advice for women on the pregnancy risks that are associated and increased with the use of IVF
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Pregnancy Risks
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IVF and pregnancy risks

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There are several pregnancy risks that are increased with the use of in vitro fertilization or IVF. A women who undergoes IVF is more likely to have complications such as high blood pressure pregnancy -- this is referred to as pre eclampsia -- diabetis of pregnancy and preterm delivery. And in fact, when they've looked at the weights of the baby even controlling fertizational age babies tend to be a little bit smaller after IVF is used. However, when you look at twin pregnancies it doesn't matter if they're spontaneously conceived or they're conceived as a result of IVF, the complication rate with pregnancy are very similar. This is because having twins increases your chances of all of these complications of pregnancy and thus the IVF contribution to the increase in pregnancy rates is very small and made not as important.

Fertility Specialist Kristin Bendikson, MD, shares advice for women on the pregnancy risks that are associated and increased with the use of IVF

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Kristin Bendikson, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Kristin A. Bendikson joined USC Fertility after finishing her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Harvard Medical School and completing her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the internationally renowned Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Cornell University Medical College. During that time, she received intensive training in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization and fertility surgery, as well as the management of other disorders including recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Kristin received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and attended the prestigious New York University School of Medicine. Her extensive training and years in practice have prepared her to deal with the most difficult and challenging cases.

Kristin holds the title of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is the currently the principal investigator of several research projects including the study of zygote intrafallopian tube transfer for women of advanced reproductive age, aging of the uterine endometrium and vitamin D and its role in infertility. It is her goal to provide the highest quality care for her patients and to help them fulfill their desire of having a healthy baby. In addition, she strives to guide her patients through what can be a trying and difficult journey by providing them with the support and personal attention they need.

Fertility expert, teacher, and researcher, Kristin is also a married mother of two. She resides in West Los Angeles with her family.

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