Hello, dear All! I've recently had an unpleasant talk with my neighbor. She was saying some silly things about that babies conceived through IVF WILL definitely have problems. I personally cannot stand such things and find them rather insulting as my own child is DE (I'm an endo sufferer with poor egg quality).
I couldn't just leave it and found some scientific piece of info on this point. What can be added here, dear ladies? What words will make the old unknowing lady just shut up and never touch this topic again? Look.
"MYTH: The babies conceived through IVF will have problems such as birth defects, low birth weight, developmental delays.
Busted!: Though we hope all babies will be born without any problems, unfortunately this is not the case. Children conceived naturally to couples who have never struggled with infertility have a 3 - 5% risk of birth defects and a 1 - 2% likelihood of experiencing developmental delays. Pregnancies conceived naturally in women experiencing infertility may be at a slightly higher risk for pregnancy complications.
IUI, when used without stimulation medication, does not appear to further increase the risk of birth defects or developmental delays. Pregnancy related complications are increased with ovarian stimulation, though this can be largely attributed to risks associated with multiple pregnancy.
Babies born from IVF may be a little smaller than those conceived naturally, though they are typically still in the normal range. The majority of studies have not found an increased risk of birth defects in babies conceived with IVF. The use of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which is typically used when sperm quantity and/or quality is reduced, is associated with a very slight increase in chromosomal abnormalities and birth defects.
Fortunately, if there is an increase in problems such as birth defects, low birth weight, and developmental delays in babies conceived through ART, it is very small. The overwhelming majority of babies born as a result of fertility treatment are fine!"
Hugs for everyone x