Added by Annika L. Krugel on November 23, 2010
A new small-scale study revealed that women who get pregnant by using donor eggs implanted into their uterus through in vitro fertilization (IVF) are more prone to preeclampsia than those who use the traditional method of in vitro fertilization.
Preeclampsia is a common pregnancy complication, but nonetheless dangerous, that is characterized by dysfunctional kidneys that can no longer retain protein, together with high blood pressure during the third or second trimester of pregnancy.
Dr. Peter Klarsky, the one who conducted this small study, stated that findings revealed that there may be a link between this pregnancy complication and donor eggs, but that an in-depth study would help confirm it.
The Rhode Island doctor, who works in Providence at the Women and Infants Hospital, stated that the findings aren’t a reason to worry, but good news since it could help doctors determine the causes of this common pregnancy complication and find ways to prevent it from occurring.
Until now, although preeclampsia has become a common pregnancy complication, doctors still don’t know what causes it or how it can be prevent. Moreover, there is not cure for this complication, and the only way a woman can be cured of preeclampsia is by giving birth.