Essential pre-conceptual measures for the female partner before commencing an in vitro fertilisation programme
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Two hundred and eighty-one women were checked for the presence of specific pre-conceptual data and their medico-legal implications prior to commencing an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) programme. In only 9.6 per cent were the results of a recent rubella test available in the patients referral notes. Fifty-four per cent were then tested in the unit. Two per cent were found to be not immune. Thirty-six per cent of women needed a cervical smear prior to commencing therapy. No such test had been undertaken previously in 6.7 per cent and 12.7 per cent had abnormal test results. Pre-conceptual intake of folic acid is considered an important preventative measure. The patient uptake rose from 15 per cent to 97 per cent following specific advice.
KeywordsFolic Acid Rubella Neural Tube Defect Referral Letter Rotunda Hospital
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