IVF kids test better!


A bit of good news for IVF families is always nice. And this is great news. It appears that any concerns about the intellectual or cognitive capacity of IVF babies is misplaced. In fact they test higher than naturally conceived babies.

The University of Iowa study published in the October issue of Human Reproduction looked at children of varied ages from grades 3 to 12. They found that children conceived by IVF scored better on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Iowa Test for Educational Development than their age and gender matched peers.

“Our findings are reassuring for clinicians and patients as they suggest that being conceived through IVF does not have any detrimental effects on a child’s intelligence or cognitive development,” said Bradley Van Voorhis, MD, UI professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Center for Advanced Reproductive Care at UI Hospitals and Clinic and lead author of the study.

In fact, it’s better than not being detrimental. Children conceived by IVF scored above average on the standardized tests when compared to their peers. While no definitive answer was found as to why, the researchers did make some guesses. Usually parents who choose IVF are older, better educated, and fewer are divorced. There are several studies which attribute higher test scores for all types of children to these three variables.

Also singletons born from IVF scored higher than IVF twins. But, IVF twins still outscored spontaneously conceived students. “This fits with our thinking that singleton births are healthier than multiple births, but we would need further study to find out if this trend is a real effect,” Van Voorhis said. Since IVF has only been in use for about thirty years, it’s still a little early to talk about long term effects. But this data at least will help some parents who might be concerned and even more parents considering this type of ART.

Source: University of Iowa, Medical News Today


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