STATES CHRONICLE – Having a child can be a very important part in starting a family, and so not being able to reproduce can lead to some pretty serious emotional issues. However, as ART treatments progress, more and more ways of conceiving are becoming available to aspiring parents. In order to quench their worries, a recent study shows that artificially conceived children show no development issues.
With the developing assisted reproductive technologies moving at such a quick pace, it may be a bit difficult for women to know if they can trust in getting the best result for their family.
Of course, it’s of grave importance to make sure that you future child will not suffer because of the way you chose to have them.
The researchers led by Edwina Yeung, from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development focused on a sample of over 5,800 children born in the state of New York from 2008 to 2010.
1,830 of the children were conceived via various forms of artificial insemination, like ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, gamete intrafallopian transfer, in vitro fertilization, zygote intrafallopian transfer, and frozen embryo transfer.
The results were a bit surprising at first, but the researchers quickly caught on that the news isn’t actually bad at all.
As it turns out, no signs whatsoever of developmental delay were present in any of the kids conceived via insemination, intrauterine or otherwise.
However, to the surprise of the scientists, it turned out that a group of kids conceived via more complicated ART methods, like IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, did show some minor signs of cognitive delay.
After briefly reviewing the data, the researchers figured out the reason behind this – more complicated ART methods usually lead to twins or multiples, which are generally born underweight or pre-term, which leads to some developmental delays.
This worked to show the scientists that no actual developmental delays can be associated with assisted fertilization, as the problems encountered by artificially conceived twins are no different than those experienced by naturally conceived twins.
The study was performed by having the parents periodically complete a series of questionnaires referring to the children’s communication skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, personal and social functioning, and problem solving ability.
The researchers are confident that the study will be reassuring to potential parents, and they suggest that if they want to minimize the risk of any potential developmental issues, they should go for the ART methods least resulting in twins.
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