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Living in a High Traffic Area may Hurt Your Chances with IVF

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S 2017 SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS & EXPO

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San Antonio, TX – At the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress today researchers presented a study showing that patients with great exposure to auto traffic have lower IVF success rates than other patients.

In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Harvard based team examined the records of 441 patients who had undergone 660 IVF cycles between 2002 and 2016. They looked at the patients address to determine how close their residence was to a class A (interstate, US highway or state highway) roadway. After controlling for such factors as maternal age, BMI, and smoking they found that closer residential proximity to major roadways was associated with lower probability of live birth following IVF. The live birth rate for patients living more than 1000 meters from a class A roadway was 47% while those closer than 200 meters achieved a live birth only 33% of the time. There were not differences in implantation or clinical pregnancy rates, but those living closer to high traffic areas experienced higher rates of pregnancy loss.

“This is an important and intriguing study. Although not surprising, it further re-enforces that environmental factors play important roles in health and reproduction,” said Christos Coutifaris M.D., Ph.D., President-Elect of the ASRM.

O-91 A. J. Gaskins et al,” RESIDENTIAL PROXIMITY TO MAJOR ROADWAYS AND IN VITRO FERTILIZATION OUTCOMES.”

 

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