Doctors warn against fertility drugs
By AZARD ALI Monday, September 9 2013
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HEAD of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at San Fernando General Hospital Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, poses with proud mom, Jannel Green- C...
MOTHERS who use over-the-counter fertility drugs to get pregnant have a greater chance of giving birth to triplets, but also a greater health risk, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, has warned.
The doctor who delivered the country’s latest triplets last week Wednesday to Princes Town mother, Jannel Green-Campbel, told Newsday yesterday so high is the risk that a mother pregnant with triplets, could die.
He said that the latest protocol England had mandated to be followed for the developed world, was for doctors to not implant more than two embryos in the womb of a woman in cases of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).
IVF is the process in which an egg is fertilised by a sperm outside the womb when natural or the use of fertility drugs of impregnating the woman, have failed. Rampersadsingh said that apart from fertility drugs and IVF, many women are also opting to have embryos implanted in their womb in their quest to have children. Rampersadsingh, an Obstetric and Gynaecology specialist consultant, said Green-Campbell is a healthy mother and her three newborn boys would soon be discharged from SFGH. The mother, he said, had a normal pregnancy, but the specialist consultant sounded an advice to mothers who are unable to become pregnant and who have subjected themselves to fertility drugs or IVF methods. “The risk factors are tremendous. The mother could, post delivery, become anaemic or suffer a stroke which is called preeclampsia — caused by high blood pressure,” Dr Rampersadsingh said.
Green-Campbell had a normal pregnancy, Rampersadsingh reiterated. The doctors at the SFGH took a keen interest in her pregnancy when ultrasound examinations showed she was pregnant with triplets.