This study by Nyfløt et al. (BJOG, 2016) aimed to determine if a relationship exists between assisted reproductive technology (ART) and postpartum hemorrhage.
1,064 cases of severe postpartum hemorrhage and 2,059 controls were included in the study. Women who had conceived using ART had a significantly increased risk of severe postpartum hemorrhage. Anticoagulant medication and mode of delivery had confounding effects. Risks were seen in both singleton and multiple births, with an even higher risk for multiples. This evidence supports the argument for being prepared for hemorrhage at delivery and the value of single embryo transfer during ART to avoid twins and higher order births.
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