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IVF 'increases blood clot risk'

A new study has found that women who undergo IVF have a higher risk of experiencing blood clots and pulmonary embolism while they are pregnant.

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IVF increases risks of blood cots during pregnancy

Women who undergo IVF have a higher risk of experiencing blood clots while they are pregnant, a new study has found.

IVF increases risks of blood cots during pregnancy Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Swedish researchers found that a higher ratio of women who got pregnant following in vitro fertilisation (IVF) suffered from venous thromboembolism (blood clots) than those who became pregnant naturally.

The risk of pulmonary embolism - a potentially fatal blood clot which can prevent blood from reaching the lungs - in women who had the fertility treatment increased almost seve-nfold during the first trimester of pregnancy, according to the research.

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