IVF babies at increased birth defect risk

March 21st, 2009 - 4:22 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 21 (ANI): Kids conceived through IVF treatments are at an increased risk of birth defects, warns a fertility watchdog.

A new US study has revealed that test-tube babies could be 30pct more likely to suffer from certain health problems and genetic flaws.

They scientists have found that IVF babies suffered higher rates of heart valve defect, cleft lip and palate, and digestive system abnormalities.

The Government’’s watchdog the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has decided to make people aware of the potential risks along with access to advice on its website.

The HFEA also revealed that the majority of babies born by IVF are healthy and insists that more research is needed on the birth defect issues.

As with any medical procedure, it is important that patients understand what the treatment involves and what the risks may be, the Daily Express quoted an HFEA spokesman as saying.

“Our Code of Practice says that clinicians must tell patients about the possible side effects and risks of treatment, including any risks for the child,” he added. (ANI)

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