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February 9, 2007
Fertility Treatments Increase Risk of Birth Defects
A new study out of Canada has found that babies conceived with the help of fertility treatments have an elevated risk of birth defects.
Nearly 3 percent of ART babies had a birth defect versus just under 2 percent for babies conceived naturally. That translated to a 58 percent greater risk. The chances of a defect rose as the complexity of reproductive help did _ they were highest for IVF and lowest for simply giving medications to spur a woman's ovaries to make more eggs.