Women who give birth after receiving fertility treatment are five times more likely to develop depression compared to women ending up not having a child following fertility treatment, a new study claims.“The new results are surprising because we had assumed it was actually quite the opposite,” said one of the researchers Camilla Sandal Sejbaek from University of Copenhagen in Denmark.”However, our study clearly shows that women who become mothers following fertility treatment have an increased risk of developing depression in the first six weeks after birth compared to women who did not have a child,” Sejbaek pointed out. The new research is based on data from 41,000 Danish women who have undergone fertility treatment in which an egg is removed from the body and fertilised in a labouratory. The study is based on register information from fertility clinics in Denmark.

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