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Higher Cancer Risk for IVF Babies

According to a recent study, children born from frozen embryos through the process of in vitro fertilization are more susceptible to certain types of cancer, compared to other children. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that IVF babies more than twice as likely to develop childhood cancer, including leukemia and neuroblastoma.


Among children born to women with no fertility issues, researchers found the incidence of childhood cancer to be 17.5 per 100,000. Among those born from frozen embryos, researchers found the incidence of childhood cancer to be 44.4 per 100,000. The study did not sure an increased risk of cancer for children born through other types of fertility treatments, and the findings are unclear as to whether the direct association is with IVF treatments specifically, or with the patients who underwent the procedure.

In May 2019, the Pew Research Center reported that for the fourth year in a row, key fertility indicators for U.S. couples declined, reaching a record low. Two of the three indicators used to determine fertility reflected a decline in numbers. Research suggests men’s fertility is affected by environmental toxins and chemicals you may find in your own home, discussed in a past article, “50 Percent Fertility Reduction Because of These Household Chemicals.

Fertility factors over which a woman has control include smoking, eating well and avoiding excessive alcohol. One factor affecting fertility over which a woman does not have control is sperm count, which has declined by up to 60% in North America since 1973.

Infertility and pregnancy are complex conditions that likely need a comprehensive approach to experience a successful outcome. For more information on fertility and in vitro fertilization, click here.