Pregnancy Management Following In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
Once pregnancy is established following in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET), the need for continued intensive supervision seems warranted. Although earlier animal studies and recent human experiences suggest that these pregnancies are similar to the spontaneous event, if a failure develops, the opportunities for further attempts at pregnancy are clearly limited. Given the “preciousness” of a pregnancy following in vitro fertilization, one should proceed under the assumption that high-risk antenatal care be available if needed with access to appropriate perinatal expertise. In addition, these patients do have certain special considerations given their generally older age (with increase in associated conditions such as hypertension), and newness of the procedure.
KeywordsEmbryo Transfer Intrauterine Pregnancy Spontaneous Event Intensive Supervision Sperm Transport
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