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A study analyses the development of born children conceived through a fertility treatment

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Many mothers question whether having a child born following a fertility treatment could impact in their future development. A recent study from the Centre for Fertility and Health of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an answer.

The conclusions, published on the Journal of Human Reproduction, reveal that growth rates for children conceived naturally and for those born following an assisted reproduction treatment are different, but both groups show similar height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) when reaching the age of 17.

Researchers found that children born after a fertility treatment had an average weight of 3,495gr and an average height of 50.2cm, comparing to the 3,608gr and 50.5 cm of those conceived naturally.

However, those born from a fertility treatment grew at a faster rate during the first 18 months and they were taller and heavier than those conceived naturally after 1 year; a difference in growth rate that lasted until they turned 7 and became even from the age of 17.

Like this, the authors of the study identify that there is no difference regarding height, weight of BMI among both groups once they reach puberty.

Such study has been performed among 81,461 children from their birth until their 7th birthday and 544,113 adolescents to evaluate their size when they reached the age of 17.


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IGIN Institute is a medical centre specialising in gynecology and assisted reproduction.
With its head office in Bilbao, in a modern infrastructure that provides its services using the latest technology without underestimating the human connection.