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|15 April, 2019

Fertility experts dispel concerns about IVF children being different from those conceived naturally

Global study indicates that children conceived through IVF are at no risk of developing physical, emotional or behavioral problems than those conceived naturally

Dr Laura Melado, IVF Specialist

Dr Laura Melado, IVF Specialist

Abu Dhabi: Despite the amazing breakthroughs Reproductive Medicine has achieved, many of us are still sceptical about IVF treatments and live with certain pre-conceived notions. One common prejudice which is prevalent - is that IVF babies are not completely ‘normal’ as they are a product of science. Some even argue that IVF babies might be artificial since they are designed in labs.

However, the truth is far from it. - According to Dr Human Fatemi, Medical Director, IVI Fertility Middle East Clinics, a world leading Fertility chain in the UAE, “IVF children are as normal as other children as far as their physical attributes and mental capabilities are concerned. The science of Reproductive Medicine is an interventional science just like any other form of medicine to help couples overcome a completely treatable malfunction of the human body. One must understand that ‘ART’ stands for Assisted Reproductive Technology, and not Artificial Reproductive Technology”.

According to several IVF experts at IVI, the only difference between IVF and normal process is that in case of IVF, eggs are fertilized in-vitro by the sperms, that is, the lab under the supervision of seasoned experts. The fusion takes place in the test tube instead of Fallopian tube. Couples opt for IVF because the cause of infertility is either with the woman (40% cases), might be found with the man (another 40%) or might just be combined factors (often 20% cases).

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Once the embryo is produced through the fusion of sperm and eggs in the lab, it is transferred into the uterus of woman. And after that, the whole process is the same as any usual case. After the embryo is transferred into the uterus, the woman gets pregnant successfully and gives birth to a child after the stipulated time.

IVF babies are as normal as other children. In fact, children born after fertility treatments will inherit parents´ peculiarities, the same as the natural conception .

According to Dr Laura Melado, IVF Specialist, IVI Fertility Clinic, Abu Dhabi, “It is best that we continue to educate couples about the IVF process and how it results in a normal pregnancy and a normal child. We also need to maintain our dialogues to establish facts and address fears. We no longer live in a time when IVF was not openly discussed among families and friends for fear of judgment. Acceptance is way higher and better today and more couples are taking this route to fulfil their dream of having a baby.”

An earlier global study in 2017 revealed that more than 6.5 million children have been conceived through IVF since the first successful artificial fertilization in 1978, and scientists have been tracking the development of these children ever since. For this study, a group of experts analysed data from 8,298 artificially conceived children born in the UK between 2000 and 2001, who sat for cognitive ability tests in verbal and reading skills every two years until 2012. When the researchers compared these children’s scores with that of kids conceived naturally, they were surprised to find that the IVF babies scored higher than other children—but that the scores evened out by the time the kids were 11 years old. So, the final word is that cognitive function and just about every health indicator has not shown any meaningful differences whatsoever. This is a big and reassuring step for couples evaluating IVF treatments today and also those impacted by certain myths which could be a hindrance in achieving the greatest joy ever – having a healthy baby!

With an excellent team of over 300 experts IVI Fertility delivers a success rate of over 70 percent, the highest in the Middle East. The chain has three clinics in the Middle East – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat out of a global total of 68, which strive to not only offer patients fertility treatments that are honest, transparent and customised but also to spread awareness about this miracle science.

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