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A 29-year-old member asked:

I need information about fertility treatments like ivf and birth defects?

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Dr. Jeffrey Buch
Urology 42 years experience
IVFsuccess: Ivf has pregnancy rates that range from 40-60% pregnancy rate per cycle depending on wife age and any male factor need for icsi. Multiple studies appear to indicate birth defect rates of 6% for ivf pregnancies versus approximately 3 % of natural pregnancies. Please check with your own doctor for exact statistics and always check the husband for cause of an abnormal semen analysis.
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 30 years experience
Birth defects & ART: Conventional ivf has not been convincingly linked to birth defects worldwide. There's some evidence linking micro-injection of sperm (ivf/icsi) to a possible slight increase in birth defects (2% or so;) this has not been proven conclusively, and is still being investigated. If an increased risk really does exist, it is a small one.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

I just heard about fertility treatments and birth defects?

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Dr. Scott Roseff
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Studies show...: Studies show a very small increase in birth defects in babies born to women going through ivf. It is unknown whether this is due to the ivf process, but generally believed to more likely be linked to the fact that the couple has infertility to begin with.
Last updated Nov 26, 2013

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