- October 21, 2017 at 18:00 #4040Parents LifeKeymaster
The possibility that IVF could increase the chance of birth defects is a deep concern for patients. This is of particular interest since the 1% plus of children worldwide are now born after IVF. The reason of the elevated risk of malformations is unclear but could be the consequence of some part of the treatment itself or genetics in the couple who are undergoing the therapy.
It is unclear whether there is an elevated risk after IVF itself but, if that is the case, the general risk continues to be low when one considers the baseline major malformation rate. These details must be discussed with the patients. We counsel our intended parents the incidence of birth defects in naturally conceived pregnancies is about 2-3% and may be increased up to 3-4% in babies born after IVF treatment.
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