PG03: Complications Of ART: In Search Of A Happy Ending

Date:October 12, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 251 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Angela Smith, N.P. (Chair), Anderson-Smith Associates

Tamara M. Tobias, A.R.N.P. (Co-Chair), Seattle Reproductive Medicine

Joanne Stone, M.D., Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Lauri A. Pasch, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco


Developed in Cooperation with the Nurses’ Professional Group

Practice-based learning and improvement 

The successful outcome of fertility treatment brings joy to many couples. Unfortunately, some treatments result in complications that present complex issues and require special management strategies. These may include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy loss, multiple pregnancy and treatment failure. The decision to use third-party reproduction may be difficult and other psychological complications such as depression, isolation and relationship strain may add additional obstacles. Healthcare providers must understand the problems that may occur, discuss treatment and management strategies, and recognize when referrals or other resources are needed. The factors that may prevent or reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and management strategies for ectopic and multifetal pregnancy will be addressed in this course. The psychological complications of pregnancy loss and treatment failure will be examined. In addition, the psychosocial issues of third-party reproduction, depression, isolation and relationship stressors will be explored. The goal of this live course is to increase the ability of nursing professionals to avoid potential complications of fertility treatment and to provide patients with strategies to navigate their fertility journeys.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss OHSS and various strategies to prevent this syndrome and the effectiveness of those strategies.
  2. Review the management and impact of an ectopic pregnancy.
  3. Explore the emotional influence of treatment failure and pregnancy loss.
  4. Explain the unique issues confronting multifetal pregnancies and current treatment strategies.
  5. Examine the psychological implications of third-party reproduction, depression, isolation and relationship stressors which may ensue from fertility treatment.


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