A lot of people worry that IVF babies are abnormal as
compared to babies made in the bedroom . This is often based on press reports
which say that IVF increases the risk of babies having medical problems . This
is true , but we need to understand why !
This increased risk is applicable only when IVF gives rise
to a multiple pregnancy . It's well known that multiple pregnancies increase
the risk of prematurity, and preterm babies are at a much higher risk of a
whole host of medical problems, such as retinopathy of prematurity, cerebral
palsy or mental retardation.
This clearly means that it's not the IVF which
increases the risk, it's the fact that it's a multiple pregnancy . Now the risk
of a multiple pregnancy is higher in IVF clinics which are irresponsible, and transfer
more than one embryo at a time. This is why all good IVF clinics suggest that
patients transfer only one embryo at a time.
The good news is that IVF singletons have exactly the same
risks as bedroom singletons, and the chances of their having medical problems
is not increased at all !
What to find an IVF clinic which respects your time and intelligence ?