Reproductive Technology Tied to Higher Risk of Birth Defects

April 5, 2016

(Reuters) – Women who use in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive technologies may be more likely to have children with certain birth defects than their peers who conceive the old-fashioned way, a U.S. study suggests. The authors caution that the findings are too preliminary to deter women from trying to conceive this way. They say the increased risk of complications may be at least partly due to older maternal age and other health factors that lead women to try assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the first place.