Evaluation of young adults conceived via IVF shows them to be “happy and well adjusted”
A study published on-line this month in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows that young adults conceived via IVF were generally as happy and well adjusted as their peers.
Researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine questioned a cohort of young adults conceived in that program’s clinic between 1981 and 1990. The Jones Institute was a pioneering center for reproductive medicine, achieving the first IVF birth in the United States in 1981. Researchers contacted the young adults via their parents and received a 31 percent (n=173) response rate to their 90 item questionnaire.
The results showed that when compared to other young adults, the IVF conceived were found to be “healthy and well adjusted with no prevalence of increased susceptibility to chronic diseases.” However the reported incidence of clinical depression and especially ADD/ADHD were higher among IVF offspring.
“This is a significant study and one of a number of long term outcomes studies that are currently being done.” Said James Goldfarb, President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). “It is comforting to see that the data bears out what we have believed, that children conceived via IVF are generally as healthy as other children, even as those children become adults. While the findings of increased depression and ADD/ADDH is notable, other studies have not shown these increases. We need to continue to do the research that will allow us to discover if there are any areas of concern for IVF children. ” Dr. Goldfarb added.