Effects of Assisted Reproductive Technology on the Children



Effect of IVF on the ChildrenOutcomes from infancy to adulthood after assisted reproductive technology by Dr. Seetha Shankaran, M.D. (Fertil Steril 2014;101:1217–21. 2014 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.)

It is imperative that we have more research that study large number of children conceived by IVF and other assisted reproductive technology through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood to more fully understand how these technologies affect the children. This article was a review of all studies on health outcomes of children conceived from IVF.

“In summary, when evaluating longer term outcomes among the offspring of parents who received ART compared with offspring conceived naturally, there does not appear to be an increase in congenital anomalies, and physical growth is similar between groups. The rates of cerebral palsy are not increased; however, soft neurological signs may be increased, but the significance of this finding is not known as yet. There appears to be no delay in pubertal development, although the data are sparse. Cognitive and behavioral outcomes are similar between adolescents and young adults conceived by ART or spontaneous conception. There is no increase is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or imprinting disorders. Large data-bases have noted no increase in cancer risk among children born after ART compared with national normative data. Finally, the finding of elevated BP and thus risk for adult cardiovascular disease needs close follow-up.”

We interviewed the author of this study, Dr. Seetha Shankaran, on the June 18, 2014 Creating a Family Show on How IVF Affects the Health of the Children Conceived. We also blogged on this study: What Parents Must Know About How IVF Affects The Kids.

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