Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sometimes better off without fertility treatment

I stumbled across an article from last July on that talks about a study done in the Netherlands that showed that in many cases women's chance of conceiving is higher when they don't receive fertility treatment. The researchers said that identifying that group of women is possible and should be common practice.

Couples who don't get pregnant right away sometimes rush to the fertility doctor for help. But in their study of 253 couples over six months the researchers found a higher rate of pregancy in the untreated couples. They use an established predictive model to identify those women who have a good chance of becoming pregnant by allowing just a little more time. Avoiding the expense and risk of multiple births with fertility treatment is beneficial result of this method.


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