Risks of fertility treatment
Fertility treatments are generally very safe – most women are no more likely to experience problems with their health or pregnancy than women who have conceived naturally. However, there are some risks to be aware of, which range from mild discomfort to more serious conditions. Understand all the risks and what you need to look out for to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) can increase the chance of twins, as more than one embryo may be transferred. After natural conception, about 1 in 80 births in the UK results in multiples, compared with 1 in 5 after IVF.
Review date: 20 February 2021