A lot of couples are worried that IVF babies are weaker than other babies, or have a higher risk of having birth defects.

Yes, it is true that IVF babies are different, and what makes them different is the fact that they're special, because their parents spend so much time and energy on nurturing them, because they're so deeply loved.

From a biological perspective, an IVF baby is exactly like any other normal baby, and this is hardly surprising given the fact that all we're doing in an IVF cycle is mimicking nature. In simple terms, IVF allows us to do whats not happening in the bedroom in the IVF lab.

Instead of the sperm fertilizing the eggs in the Fallopian tube ( like they do normally for fertile couples) , we're fertilizing them in the test tube in the IVF lab , and then transferring the embryo into the uterus.

This is why there is no increased risk of birth defects, and this can be very reassuring for patients !

It's high time that we busted a lot of these myths surrounding IVF babies !

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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