I know we have at least one young reader who was conceived via IVF. Am curious to know personal experiences.
And I agree with this article’s last statement. IVF should be regulated in the US, not only for the health of those born but to put a stop to those “leftover” embryos.
From London’s Daily Mail, July 23:
A study of hundreds of seven-year-olds has revealed that they are admitted to hospital much more frequently than other youngsters of the same age.
While many of their illnesses were common to all children, those born through fertility treatment suffered more fits and more conditions connected to the brain and immune system….
The British study also showed that IVF twins tend to require more hospital treatment than youngsters from single births….
Previous studies have shown that young men conceived this way are more likely to be infertile….
/IVF babies are also more likely to suffer from birth defects, including heart problems, and are thought to be at higher risk of autism and cerebral palsy….
[F]its and other conditions affecting the brain were more common in those born after IVF treatment.
These youngsters were also more prone to infections and to asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which have links to the immune system….
It is possible the health problems were somehow caused by the IVF process itself.
It is also possible that chlamydia infection, stress and other factors which may have affected the mother’s fertility went on to impact on the baby’s development in the womb.
It may however be that parents who have undergone fertility treatment are simply more inclined to seek medical help.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is considering restricting the number of embryos implanted – to just one in most cases – in a bid to cut the number of multiple births. Dr Allan Pacey, of the British Fertility Society, said many of the health problems associated with IVF were linked to the high number of twins and other multiple births….
[Hat tip: Dr. Frank and LifeSiteNews.com]