People should recognize common IVF mistakes

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2023 | Fertility Law |

Many California people who are facing problems with trying to have a child search for alternatives. One is in vitro fertilization. IVF is time-tested and helps those who have obstacles with conceiving. However, just like any other medical procedure, mistakes can occur.

Some specific IVF missteps

People who discover there was an issue with their IVF treatment need to understand what happened. There are certain errors that are mentioned as commonly leading to a poor outcome.

With IVF, the egg and sperm are fertilized in a laboratory. They are then transferred into a uterus. If the wrong sperm or embryo is used, this could be justification for a complaint.

To ensure that the sperm and embryo are viable, they must be kept in a secure medical facility. Improper storage can negatively impact the procedure. There must be proper screening done to avoid genetic defects and other problems. Failure to do so is another reason why a legal claim could be made.

The embryo must be implanted in the proper location to prevent potentially dangerous complications that can harm the woman during the pregnancy. An example is an ectopic pregnancy. When giving fertility drugs, it is imperative that the patient be properly screened. As with any prescription medication, omissions can place the person in jeopardy of harm.

Statistically, IVF is considered safe. Complications severe enough to compel people to consider their legal options do not happen very often. Researchers say that in the decade from 2009 to 2019, only 133 errors out of around 2.5 million procedures were reported. Regardless of the numbers, any medical treatment has risks and IVF is no different.

Reproductive issues and medical mistakes

The disappointment of a failed IVF treatment or health challenges related to it can be made worse if it is found to have been due to medical malpractice. Since these are sensitive topics that required tailored advice, it is wise to have a basic grasp of what types of IVF errors can happen when deciding how to proceed.