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One in four multiple pregnancies at London clinic resulted from fertility treatment overseas

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 27 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3054
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Fertility treatment outside the United Kingdom was responsible for more than a quarter of fertility treated multiple pregnancies (more than two embryos) seen at one UK specialist clinic.

    Over 11 years 109 women were treated at a specialist multiple pregnancy clinic at University College Hospital, London. Of these, 94 (86%) were conceived with fertility treatment, 24 (26%) of them overseas (BJOG doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02294.x).

    Reasons women gave for seeking treatment overseas included the high cost of and slow access to local treatment in the UK and the limited number …

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