Risk of birth defects is higher among IVF babies

04/20/2012 | Reuters

The risk of birth abnormalities was 37% greater in babies conceived through in vitro fertilization than those conceived without assistance, a review of 26 studies found. Researchers failed to determine why fertility treatments are linked to an increased risk for defects, but experts said that fertility problems could influence the odds of developing abnormalities. The findings appear in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

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