IVF Children Suffer More Over-All Health Problems Than Naturally-Conceived Children

By Gudrun Schultz

  HELSINKI, Finland, December 4, 2006 ( – Children conceived using in vitro fertilization technology appear to have worse over-all health than children conceived naturally, according to a study from Finland.

  DoctorNDTV reported in their November newsletter on findings from the National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Helsinki, Finland, showing IVF children have increased rates of multiple health problems.

  While increased rates of specific abnormalities have been known to be associated with IVF, such as brain abnormalities and defective urological systems, the new research showed an overall increase in poor health among IVF children, including single-birth children.

  Multiple births resulting from IVF treatment have been associated with higher mortality rates, increased risk for hospitalization and cerebral palsy. Single children born using IVF technology also showed increased hospitalization rates, however, as well as more birth complications.

  The researchers called for additional studies to identify the cause of increased health problems in  single-birth IVF children.increased risk for specific diseases was found.

  Researchers examined the health of 4,559 children up to four years old who were born using IVF technology between 1996 and 1999. As a control group the study relied on more than 190,000 children who were conceived naturally during the same time period.

  See related LifeSiteNews coverage:

  In Vitro Fertilization


  42% of IVF Ova Carry Genetic Abnormalities New Studies Show

  IVF Three Times More Likely to Cause Genetic Brain Defects

  IVF Babies up to 40% More Likely to Suffer Severe Birth Defects

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