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 !

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