Birth defects plummet in children conceived through ART
However the data linkage study of all birth defects diagnosed by the age of six between 1994 and 2002, showed singleton babies born through IVF or ICSI still have a higher rate of defects compared to children whose mothers did not have ART.
The study examined data on fetal anomalies in births and terminations between 1994 and 1998, comparing them to data from 1998-2002.
The increased risk of birth defects among singletons born through ART declined from 87% to 32% over the time period, the researchers found.
“…our data suggest an encouraging decline in major birth defect prevalence in