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Should obese women's access to assisted fertility treatment be limited? A scientific and ethical analysis

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Obesity is associated with a reduction in fertility treatment success and increased risks to mother and child. Therefore guidelines of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) suggest that a body mass index exceeding 35 kg/m(2) should be an absolute contraindication to assisted fertility treatment such as in vitro fertilisation IVF. In this paper we challenge the ethical and scientific basis for such a ban. Livebirth rates for severely obese w...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1111/ajo.12600

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Merton College
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St Cross College
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Wilkinson, D
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Savulescu, J
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal website
Volume:
57
Issue:
5
Pages:
569–574
Publication date:
2017-03-16
Acceptance date:
2016-12-15
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EISSN:
1479-828X
ISSN:
0004-8666
Pubs id:
pubs:667975
URN:
uri:aa1411e8-939b-4b29-8ce6-e800c334ddb2
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uuid:aa1411e8-939b-4b29-8ce6-e800c334ddb2
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pubs:667975
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5

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