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SSRI use during fertility treatments shows little benefit to mother or fetus

Depressed women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) who are also undergoing infertility treatment may be more likely not to conceive, to suffer complications with pregnancy, and to have a baby with birth defects, a new meta-analysis shows. Women undergoing infertility treatments often battle depression. A study published in Medical News Today investigated depressed women undergoing infertility treatment and the risks to their fetuses while taking SSRIs. The new meta-analysis took a different approach than past studies, investigating the safety and efficacy of infertile women being treated with SSRIs. Researchers culled through studies and found that SSRI is associated with lowered ... Read More

Common infertility treatments may increase risk of birth defects

Babies born with the help of common fertility treatments including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the drug Clomid are at greater risk of birth defects, according to a new study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study involved data from a South Australian registry of more than 300,000 birth records and 18,000 birth defects. Researchers looked for major birth defects, such as cerebral palsy, heart defects and gastrointestinal defects, among babies born with the help of fertility treatments, including IVF, ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), and ovulation induction. Among the 6,100 births in which fertility treatments were ... Read More