A new study concludes that infertility treatments
do not affect a child’s early development.
Whew! That’s reassuring news for new parents who conceived their child through the miracle of modern medicine and those still hopeful that their infertility struggles will end with a positive pregnancy test.
Patients navigating though fertility issues have already been put through the wringer emotionally, physically & financially. Yet parents successful through fertility treatments unanimously say it was all worth it – that beautiful bundle of joy was worth all the pain and suffering.
Then came the rumors that children born through infertility treatments were at a greater risk for developmental delays and autism. You could almost feel the rug being ripped out from under these folks. Haven’t they been through enough? But as it turns out, the rumors (thankfully) weren’t true.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5% of all infants in the US are conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART), including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Previously studies have suggested such treatment may lead to developmental problems in children born using this technology.
The new study, published online January 4th in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, followed over 5,800 children born in New York state between 2008 and 2010. They included 1,830 children conceived through various forms of infertility treatment — including fertility drugs and more extensive treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), frozen embryo transfer, ICSI, and the non-ART treatment OI, with or without intrauterine insemination (IUI). It accounted for factors such as parents’ age, education levels and mothers’ smoking and drinking habits during pregnancy.
Overall, children conceived through infertility treatment were at no higher risk for early developmental delays at the age of 3 than their peers whose parents conceived naturally.
Read the full story at philly.com.
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