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Semin Reprod Med. 2013 Sep;31(5):340-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1348892. Epub 2013 Aug 9.

Disparities in obstetrical outcomes in ART pregnancies compared with natural conceptions.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Ft Polk, LA 71459, USA. tcomeaux@gmail.com

Abstract

Health disparities are observed in all fields of medicine and reproductive health is not immune to this phenomenon. The incidence of women using infertility treatments to conceive is increasing. Women undergoing assisted reproduction appear to be at increased risk of adverse outcomes, and minority women tend to be at even greater risk. This article examines several adverse obstetrical outcomes including preterm birth, congenital malformations, and preeclampsia among women receiving infertility treatments compared with those who conceive spontaneously. It will further examine societal costs associated with these procedures.

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