There are big bucks to be made in the infertility industry as people desperate to have children spend bounteously for IVF and ancillary procedures.
Some worried that we rushed headlong into this field without a full understanding of the possible adverse consequences. Now, decades later, we know that children born from IVF have poorer health outcomes.
Now, a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concludes that children conceived through this technology have a greater risk of contracting cancer. From the NY Post summary:
It’s 2.5 times more likely that a child born through IVF will develop neoplasms, as opposed to a child conceived naturally.
The research was carried out in Israel, “where all fertility interventions, which include in vitro fertilization and ovulation induction, are fully covered by insurance, enabling citizens of all backgrounds access to these treatments,” said Professor Eyal Sheiner, who helped carry out the study.
“The research concludes that the association between IVF and total pediatric neoplasms and malignancies is significant,” Sheiner said.
“With increasing numbers of offspring conceived after fertility treatments, it is important to follow up on their health.”
For anyone interested in investigating the lesser known and darker sides of the infertility industry, issues such as the dangers of egg donation, the surrogacy question, etc., I suggest checking out the Center for Bioethics and Culture.