What are the Risks of IVF Treatment

Risks of IVF Treatment

In vitro fertilization (IVF) at SJS IVF Hospital is a sophisticated reproductive technology that has enabled many couples to overcome infertility. While IVF offers hope and joy, it’s important for couples to understand that, like any medical treatment, it comes with potential risks. This detailed guide explains the specific risks associated with the IVF process at SJS IVF Hospital, providing essential knowledge for those considering or undergoing treatment.

1. Multiple Pregnancies

Undergoing IVF treatment at SJS IVF Hospital increases the likelihood of multiple pregnancies, such as twins or triplets. While multiple births might seem like a blessing, they carry risks like preterm labor, premature birth, and low birth weights. High-order multiple pregnancies can lead to increased maternal age risks and require close medical supervision.

2. Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)

OHSS is a potential complication of the fertility medications used to induce ovulation. Symptoms can range from mild bloating and discomfort to severe and potentially life-threatening fluid buildup in the abdomen and chest. At SJS IVF Hospital, we closely monitor patients’ response to medication to adjust dosages promptly and prevent the development of OHSS.

3. Procedure-Related Risks

The egg retrieval procedure, performed under ultrasound guidance, involves passing a needle through the vaginal wall into the ovarian follicles to retrieve eggs. Although it’s generally safe, there are risks of bleeding, infection, or damage to the bowel, bladder, or blood vessels. At SJS IVF Hospital, we use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to minimize these risks.

4. Emotional and Psychological Impact

IVF can be a rollercoaster of emotions, from hope and excitement to anxiety and disappointment. The emotional toll of undergoing IVF, particularly if multiple cycles are needed or if cycles fail, can be significant. At SJS IVF Hospital, we understand the psychological impact and offer support through counseling and support groups to help couples cope with the stresses and emotional strains of the IVF journey.

5. Medication Side Effects

The medications used in IVF to stimulate the ovaries can cause side effects such as headaches, mood swings, abdominal pain, and bloating. In rare cases, long-term use of some fertility drugs may increase the risk of ovarian tumors. At SJS IVF Hospital, our specialists carefully select and manage drug protocols tailored to each patient’s response, aiming to minimize side effects and ensure the health and safety of our patients throughout their treatment.

6. Ectopic Pregnancy

In an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants outside the uterus, often in a fallopian tube. While IVF reduces the likelihood of ectopic pregnancies compared to natural conception in women with tubal factors, the risk is not entirely eliminated. At SJS IVF Hospital, early monitoring and advanced imaging techniques are employed to detect and address ectopic pregnancies as early as possible .

7. Birth Defects

The risk of birth defects in children born through IVF is slightly higher than in natural conception. However, it is important to note that the overall risk remains low. At SJS IVF Hospital, we employ the latest genetic screening techniques to assess embryo health before transfer, aiming to ensure the best possible outcomes for children born through our programs.


While IVF at SJS IVF Hospital offers significant opportunities for achieving pregnancy, it is crucial for couples to fully understand and prepare for the potential risks involved. We encourage open discussions with our fertility specialists to ensure that every patient is well-informed and supported throughout their fertility journey.

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Considering IVF? Contact SJS IVF Hospital at 9815346823 or visit us at 77 Main Road Dakoha, Jalandhar, to discuss your options with our expert team and learn more about how we can support you in your journey to parenthood.