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Birth Defects On A Rise In Babies Born Out Of Fertility Treatment

Nearly 4 million babies are born every year with the aid of fertility treatments.

Babies conceived with infertility treatment methods are more likely to have certain birth defects than babies who are conceived naturally, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Eight percent of the babies conceived through assistance were born with birth defects such as heart, genital, kidney, lung and muscle problems, compared to nearly 6 percent of babies who were conceived naturally, the study found. Those conceived through fertility assistance were also more likely to have cerebral palsy.

The study was carried out for 16 years and evaluated more than 308,974 births which happened between January 1986 and December 2002 in South Australia. Birth defect rates were analyzed based on the type of fertility treatment. Researchers divided women into three different groups: those who got pregnant naturally; those who had history of infertility; and those who previously used help in order to conceive. The study found that nearly 10 per cent of women, who opted for ICSI method in order to get pregnant, gave birth to a baby with some form of defect, such as cerebral palsy, bowel and urinary tract problems, as well as problems with heart and lungs. Women who chose to use IVF treatments were found to be at a slightly less risk of delivering a newborn with some form of defect, with a 7.2 per cent defect rate. Risk of giving birth to a baby with a health problem was tripled among women who used Clomid to induce ovulation outside doctor’s office.

The following types of birth defects were more common among babies conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

There are number of reasons responsible for birth defects



It’s possible that the IVF techniques themselves, the jostling and handling of the embryos, or the drugs that go along with fertility treatment, could be involved. Go for IVF treatment at a recognized centre.

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