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Is it Good Things or Bad Things that Come in Threes? - Karen's Musings
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Is it Good Things or Bad Things that Come in Threes?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
A triplet pregnancy is an extremely high-risk pregnancy. 80% of triplet pregnancies result in pre-term labor. There are a lot of people who believe that fertility treatment as a whole is irresponsible, or at least that people make irresponsible decisions with fertility treatment, because of the increased risk of higher order multiples (anything over twins). Many people right about the "twin epidemic" in this country. Admittedly, the goal of any self-respecting reproductive endocrinologist is to achieve a healthy SINGLETON pregnancy. That was certainly our goal, and we did everything we could to avoid having any other scenario.

There ARE a lot of people (and, unfortunately) doctors who are irresponsible in the fertility choices they make. For example, if a woman over-responds to ovarian stimulation in an IUI cycle and gets, say 7 mature eggs, MOST clinics would advise her and her husband to cancel the IUI and to abstain from intercourse for a period of time until well-past the ovulation point. However, I've known of many women who take that as their opportunity to ignore their doctor in HOPES of having higher order multiples. In another case, my perinatologist told me of a woman who came to him pregnant with sextuplets after an IVF cycle. They were all fraternal, so no mono-zygotic twinning occurred. The fertility clinic had transferred SIX eggs, which is disgustingly irresponsible.
osewalrus From: osewalrus Date: May 4th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but it is one thing to write in a professional journal or Op Ed. It is another thing to go up to a person and start yakking away.

Whell of Kohelet, turn turn turn, tell us the lessonm that we must learn:
"The words of the wise are gracious, but the lips of the fool swallow him up. The beginning of his speecg is nonesenes, and concludes with evil confusion. For the fool multiplies words." Eccl. 10: 12-14.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
a fine point, and a perfect quote!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm embarrassed to say I made TWO errors in that comment. The first is I meant "many people write" not "many people right".

The more embarrassing mistake is that I said the fertility clinic transferred six eggs, which is incorrect. In IVF you retrieve eggs, but you transfer embryos. Just transferring the egg back to the uterus doesn't do a lot of good. (though there is something called GIFT where the eggs and the sperm are transferred to the fallopian tube together so that conception still takes place in the body... but that's a whole different story)
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