The IVF and autism

Experts from King's College London in the UK, Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the U.S. have analyzed data on more than 2.5 million children who had been born in Sweden between 1982 and 2007, which nearly 31,000 of them had been born as a result of IVF procedures. The purpose of the study was to reveal the connection between the procedure IVF and the diagnosis of "autism" or mental retardation of test-tube children. It was found that the risk of autism for children conceived naturally and for those who’d been born due to the IVF, is about the same. At the same time, among the test- tube babies, there is a small - about 18 percent - increase of risk of mental retardation.

Well, there were no such scare stories for a long: to be honest, I even started to worry where all researchers had disappeared. I’d start with a brief reference. The limited statistics says that one of the 88 children in the world is suffering from autism (a disorder that comes from the breach of the brain). This disorder is characterized by severe and comprehensive shortage of social interaction and communication. Experiments and research aimed to give an answer what is actually the cause of autism, often leed to contradictory results: the only thing agreed, perhaps, by all the scientists, is that the key factor here is mother’s age.

Thus, according to official findings of scientists from the Research Institute of disorders of the nervous system in California, Davis (USA), a risk to have a child with diagnosis of autism is twice higher for women who give a birth at he age of 40, than for 25-29 years old mothers. Hence the answer for question why in the course of surveillance an increased risk of mental illness among the test- tube children was noted: the average age of women using IVF methods, is significantly higher than the average age of women who get pregnant naturally. In addition, the organisms of both parents accumulate with age various toxins that can cause changes in the sperm and egg cells and, thus, increase the risk of autism of the unborn child. Experts also take into account various external influences, including the nature of food and beared infections. "

I repeat: the causes of anomalies, including autism spectrum are related not to the method of conception, but to the health of future parents, the quality of the biological material, which primarily depends on the age. That's why experts recommend not to delay treatment for infertility and start it as soon as possible.