January 20, 2017

IVF Babies Exhibit Normal Development As Toddlers

Flying children

In the United States, approximately 1.5% of all births involve the use of assisted reproductive technologies or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Couples going through IVF understandably have questions about the short-term and long-term development of children conceived through IVF. A common question we hear is if IVF babies exhibit normal development as toddlers?

A recent Canadian study provides very reassuring results on this subject. These researchers followed children through age two, and found that cognitive, motor, and language development were the same for IVF children compared to naturally conceived children. They studied movement, memory, exploration, vocabulary, word combination, sensory development, and motor development and found no differences. This long-term look at cognitive function in children conceived through IVF is very encouraging and is consistent with previous studies in this area.

We are very proud of our IVF program at Fertility Centers of New England (FCNE). IVF is one of the safest, most effective ways to help patients achieve their dream of building a family. Our success rates remain outstanding, and we offer one of the most cost-competitive programs available. If you are interested in learning more about your fertility or have further questions about the best treatment path for you, please contact us today!

 

 

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Beth Plante, M.D.

Beth Plante, M.D. Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility