Medically assisted procreation techniques are currently used and yet scientific literature “provides little information on the fate of these children and, in particular, the possible effects of infertility treatment on their development”. American scientists have focused on this question and published the results of their study on Monday, in the JAMA Pediatrics journal.
Between 2008 and 2014, the team led by Doctor Edwina Yeung (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) followed up 1,800 children born through MAP and 4,000 children conceived naturally. The results do not show “any significant difference” in terms of mental and psychomotor development between the children born through this method and those conceived naturally.
However, a previous study conducted by the same scientists highlighted that, “children born through in-vitro fertilisation with micro-injection – the method most widely used today – are at greater risk of developing autism during the first five years of life”. The team will therefore continue its study up until the children’s 8th birthday.
Pourquoi Docteur (5/01/2016)