IVF babies more likely to have birth defects

April 20, 2012 10:19:41 AM PDT
Babies conceived through certain fertility treatment techniques are about one-third more likely to have a birth defect than babies conceived naturally.

Chinese researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing several dozen studies.

The studies covered in-vitro fertilization, where the mother's egg is fertilized outside the body and then transferred to her womb and ICSI, in which a single sperm is injected directly into the egg.

The findings are published in the journal Fertility and Sterility.