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Danger, 'In Vitro' Fertilized Children May be Born with Malformations

'In vitro' fertilization unites male and female reproductive cells them outside of the human body.

'In Vitro' Fertilized Children May be Born with Malformations

(MADRID, Spain) - According to a recent study, infants conceived with the techniques used in fertility clinics are four times more likely to have certain birth defects and malformations than children that are naturally conceived.

Among the malformations that were detected are heart problems, cleft lips, cleft palates and abnormalities in the esophagus or rectum. These diseases appear once in every 700 births.

These dangers were increased by the use of assisted reproductive techniques such as fertilization " in vitro", which requires doctors to work with embryos and sperm outside the human body.

"I think it is important to consider the fact that there is a risk of birth defects," says Jennita Reefhuis, epidemiologist from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Disease and author of a study published in the online journal "Human Reproduction".

The doctor also said that although her study linked fertility procedures to birth defects, it was not able to neither prove the connection nor explain it. If the connection is real, it is unclear whether the procedures increase the risk of these malformations, or whether infertility itself increases these risks.

Moreover, Dr. James A. Grifo, director of the fertility clinic at the Medical Center of the University of New York, more research is needed to test these findings, since the study was only conducted on 281 women who had undergone the fertility treatment. Nevertheless, Dr. Grifo explains that the results are troubling, but a larger study must be conducted with a small group of patients.

Furthermore, Dr. Alan R. Fleishman, vice president of the March of Dimes, believes that the study is important since it confirms the direction of their main concern: an increase in structural birth defects in children born with assisted reproductive technologies. Women who choose to undergo this fertility treatment should be informed of the risks of malformations in their children.

Fertilization "in vitro" could be defined as the taking of the male and female reproductive cells and unite them outside of the human body to then transfer the fertilized embryo into the uterus of in order for it to be implanted and begin the pregnancy.

Besides the risks of malformations in children as mentioned above, fertilization "in vitro" goes against nature. One person said that God forgives and men sometimes, but nature never does

(Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti).

Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer Roselló, a prestigious Spanish advertising character, presents a fascinating personal and professional career fully devoted to the world of communication in its varied dimensions. He earned a PhD in Information Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, BA in Advertising from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Master in Marketing from the School of Marketing Studies in Madrid.

He has been Associate Professor of Business Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Navarra and a contributor to the Madrid daily ABC. He also spent several years teaching, both in the Official School of Advertising as the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 he was awarded the Gold Master, granted by the Senior Management Forum and AMPE Prize 1996 to the "long and brilliant career advertising."

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Rekha S. August 28, 2012 7:35 am (Pacific time)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a method of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) used when couples or singles are experiencing infertility. Infertility is defined as a failure to get pregnant after trying naturally for 1 year. New studies indicate that the rate of infertility has doubled in society in the last decade to almost 16%. It is hypothesized that this may be due to women waiting longer to conceive, an increase in alcohol consumption in society, or wait gain in society. IVF is usually attempted after natural methods and other methods like intrauterine insemination (IUI) have failed.

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