Are there any risks with IVF treatment?

Overall IVF is a safe treatment.

A condition known as Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) may occur whereby a woman’s ovaries respond unpredictably and can become enlarged. At the same time fluid accumulates in her abdomen. Although this can occur in approximately 3% of women undergoing IVF/ICSI, it is almost always minimal and can be easily managed. It can also usually be predicted and prevented. Among our patients, we have not had a case of hyper-stimulation requiring admission to hospital in over five years.

Question:
Will the IVF technique damage my ovaries?

Answer:
There is no evidence to suggest that ultrasound egg retrieval damages the ovaries. It does not cause cancer, menopause or sexual dysfunction.