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Parental infertility and cerebral palsy in children born spontaneously or after IVF/ICSI

3 November 2010

Doctors have known for some time that children born after fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are at increased risk of cerebral palsy. However, it was not known whether this risk was due to the treatment itself, the higher frequency of preterm or multiple births, or a mechanism associated with couples’ underlying infertility.

New research published online in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction today (Wednesday 3 November) indicates that underlying infertility is not the main reason for the increased risk seen in IVF/ICSI children.

Read the paper: Parental infertility and cerebral palsy in children

Published in Human Reproduction, Advances Access, 2 November 2010

Read the press release here.

In the news

BBC - IVF cerebral palsy risks probed

Telegraph - IVF 'could double risk of cerebral palsy'