A new study shows that children born via artificial conception are no different than those naturally conceived
A study published this week in JAMA Pediatrics journal brought a sigh of relief to parents that chose IVF (short for in-vitro fertilization) worldwide. According to the article, children born via IVF received normal prospects for the future, eliminating doubts about the rate of development for children born via artificial ways.
There are a few different ways of helping a couple conceive. Depending on the seriousness of the medical problem that doesn’t allow natural conception to take place, there are a few treatments that are applied. Usually, the first step is to administer fertility drugs. Once the drugs had time to act, and if no results are to be seen, the next step is to resort to in-vitro fertilization or artificial insemination (AI).
The major difference between IVF and AI is the place where the actual fertilization happens. From this point of view, the AI technique is more natural than the IVF, because the process takes place inside the uterus, whereas the latter must be performed in a laboratory.
On a simpler note, artificial insemination is the process in which sperm is introduced directly in a female’s cervix by means of a cap. The in-vitro technique uses an egg that is fertilized in a laboratory.
The good news that the article brought is that a 3-year study concluded that children that wore born via fertility treatment had no problem developing than children conceived in a natural way. The conclusions were drawn after the close monitoring of a sample of 5800 children, all of them born in New York. Out of the total, 1830 were born using one of the methods of artificial conception mentioned above.
At first, researchers found that while naturally conceived children and those conceived after the use of fertility medication were of good general health, and had no problems in developing at a normal standard, the children of the parents that resorted to IVF seemed to have a higher rate of later development.
Further studies showed that the cause of these findings was that IVF presents itself with a higher probability for a twin pregnancy. After these results, children born via IVF received normal prospects for the future, the researchers concluding that the manner of conception is not important in the later development of the child.
Another factor that weighed a lot more than the means of conception was the future mother’s lifestyle. The study shows that outside factors like smoking, drinking and the consumption of unhealthy food contributed to a developmental problem in children.
The conclusion being that children born via IVF received normal prospects for the future. The chances of having a standard developed child do not depend on the manner of conception, but rather on the way the pregnancy is carried out to term.
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