IVF children emotionally healthy
Children conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be just as moody as other teenagers conceived naturally.
In vitro fertilisation, a form of assisted reproduction, involves removing an egg cell from a woman's body, fertilising it in the lab, and placing it back in the woman's womb. Even though the majority of babies conceived through assisted reproductive technologies are born healthy, current evidence suggests there is a slightly higher risk of birth defects in these children. In addition, women who undergo such procedures are more likely to deliver low-birth weight babies than those who conceive naturally.
To know if IVF had any effect on emotional health of children, especially during the adolescent years, researchers made teenagers from Denmark answer questions about "behavioural, emotional, and social problems" they had faced in the previous six months. The answers of 86 teens conceived through IVF were compared to those of 97 controls matched for age and sex, who were conceived naturally, but after their parents reported fertility problems, so the impact of either the genetic or emotional influences of infertility could be limited.
No difference was found between problem scores of the IVF and control children or in the percentage of children from either group falling outside the normal range. Neither IVF conception as such nor growing up as a child of parents who used IVF seems to be an adverse condition for behaviour and psychosocial well-being in adolescence.
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