Vol 56, No 6 (2005)
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Published online: 2006-06-26

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Health of children born after the treatment of sterility with Assisted Reproduction Technology

Sławomir Wołczyński, Monika Zbucka, Monika Leśniewska
Endokrynol Pol 2005;56(6):975-979.


Since the birth of Louise Brown in July 1978 and the birth of the first intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) child in January 1992 many couples with female-factor or male-factor infertility can be helped to overcome their infertility resulting in a delivery and birth of a child. Over a million children have been born from assisted conception worldwide. Newer techniques being introduced appear less and less ‘natural’, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), but there is little information on these children beyond the neonatal period. This risk varied according to the patient’s age, the type of ART procedure performed, the number of embryos transferred, and embryo availability. ART is associated with low increase risk of congenital malformations, major birth defects and genetic and imprinting disorders.

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