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Does in vitro fertilization have any risk for the baby?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 08/10/2018

There are some studies that claim that children born through IVF have a slightly increased risk of congenital defects: 4.5% compared to 2-3% in the rest of the population. However, it is not proven that this is due to the assisted reproduction technique itself or, instead, to the infertility problems of the parents.

Recently, it has also been shown that children born by assisted reproduction do not necessarily suffer from infertility, since the first IVF child in the world, Louise Brown, was able to become a natural mother in 2006.

Suggested for you: What Are the Disadvantages of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.