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Pregnancy outcomes following oocyte donation

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The use of oocyte donation (OD) has increased continuously over the last three decades, and it is now an indispensable part of assisted reproductive technology (ART). With OD, it has become possible to overcome the biological barrier of ovarian follicle pool depletion and the general age-related decline in fertility. This review contains a thorough appraisal of the safety of OD with an analysis of short-term pregnancy outcomes. Salient up-to-date evidence was evaluated, which revealed that in comparison with both IVF with autologous oocytes, and naturally conceived pregnancies, there is: (i) an increased risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and preeclampsia; (ii) an increased risk of low birth weight and preterm birth and (iii) an increased risks of obstetric emergencies, following OD treatment. As a precaution, it is therefore highly encouraged to perform only single embryo transfer (SET) and to prescribe prophylactic low-dose aspirin during OD pregnancies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBest Practice and Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pages (from-to)81-91
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

    Research areas

  • Aspirin, Assisted reproductive technique, Donor conception, Oocyte donation, Pregnancy complications, Pregnancy-induced hypertension

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