A new study at Birmingham University in the UK suggests that South-Asian women are one-and-a-half times more likely to miscarry than white women after undergoing an IVF treatment. In what is probably the most extensive study into IVF and ethnicity to date, the researchers looked at nearly 14,000 cycles of IVF in the UK, and found that 15 out of every 100 IVF pregnancies will end in miscarriage across ethnicities. When looking at South-Asian women, they found that while they had the same success rate as white women in getting pregnant after IVF, they were one and a half time more likely to miscarry (after taking into accounts other factors that might influence this). The increased risk was not previously known, and researchers did not find specific reasons, but a new study into possible causes is already underway. Dr Rima Dhillon, one of the researchers, said she hoped these results could help medical professionals in giving more personalized advice to couples considering IVF, also taking ethnicity in consideration.
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