By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
A new study has shown that one of the most popular forms of IVF could double the risk of birth defects.
Researchers found that one in ten babies born through ICSI suffered some form of abnormality. This compares with just over one in 20 of those conceived naturally. It is unclear yet whether the problems are caused by the treatment, or the fact couples having it are at higher risk of defects anyway.
Higher Risk of Birth Defects from Assisted Reproduction, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (May 5, 2012) — A University of Adelaide study has identified the risk of major birth defects associated with different types of assisted reproductive technology.
In the most comprehensive study of its kind in the world, researchers from the University's Robinson Institute have compared the risk of major birth defects for each of the reproductive therapies commonly available internationally, such as: IVF (in vitro fertilization), ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) and ovulation induction. They also compared the risk of birth defects after fresh and frozen embryo transfer.
The results are being published May 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine, and presented in Barcelona, Spain at the World Congress on Building Consensus in Gynecology, Infertility and Perinatology.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120505130923.htm