Women with IVF pregnancy have an increased level of anxiety

Women who have undergone fertility treatments often say that this fact has left a strong emotional and psychological imprint on them and their partners. In many cases, couples have spent years trying to conceive and have gone through more than a few IVF cycles, which can be expensive and traumatic and often do not guarantee success. A study from the University of Plymouth (UK) suggests that IVF pregnancies cause high anxiety in women, and tests prescribed by a doctor during this period may carry a small risk for IVF pregnancies.

In a survey of 160 Israeli obstetricians and gynecologists, Dr. Yaniv Hanoch found that doctors are three times more likely to prescribe examinations for women with IVF pregnancies than with normal pregnancies. Dr. Hanoch refers to the work of scientists Minkoff and Berkowitz , who published an article in 2005 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology entitled “The Myth of the Precious Child.” The scientist noted that women over the age of 40 who become pregnant as a result of the IVF procedure require more attention and sensitivity from doctors to “precious children”. However, in practice, it turns out that the attitude towards women with IVF pregnancy is the same as towards other pregnant women. The researcher also noted that some women after IVF fertilization suffered from miscarriages or had fertility problems due to a lack of empathy and attention from doctors. Infertility treatment is a physically, psychologically and financially intensive process that leaves women feeling “emotionally high”. During this period, many women feel extremely anxious because they have been through a lot and are really worried about whether everything will be all right with the child. Until the woman returns home with the baby in her arms, she remains anxious. People need to understand why these women feel vulnerable. From a medical point of view, the risk of complications in IVF pregnancies is higher, especially if the woman had health problems before pregnancy, so doctors should be vigilant, scientists say.

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