Studies Give Reassuring Data on ICSI
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) released a statement confirming information from two recent studies observing children conceived using IVFand intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The studies evaluated children for birth defects and developmental difficulties. The ASRM press release reassures us that there is no long-term differences in children conceived using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) when compared to children conceived naturally. Some concerns for developmental problems in ART children are based on therisk of multiple births with ivf and bypassing some elements of "natural selection” when choosing sperm for ICSI.
However, with the results of these studies, Drs Kettel and Hummel can reassure patients who have concerns about potential genetic and developmental abnormalities before going through treatment. More importantly, the study showed that parents of IVF children showed more protective and nurturing attitudes toward their children. We have known for years that couples who have struggled with fertility become great parents! This only proves it!!