Fertility Treatment Risks
Written by Faith Anderson on July 11, 2013
Risks of Fertility Treatments for Children
During the fertility treatment study, researchers used national health registers to compile data on more than half a million children born in Denmark from 1995 to 2003. According to the data, roughly 33,000 children were born using fertilization treatments, while more than 500,000 children were born from spontaneous conception. After birth, the study participants were followed up with in 2012, when they were between the ages of eight and 17. According to the study findings, in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) was linked to a low risk of the child developing a mental disorder later in childhood, with the overall risk no higher than children born without the aid of fertilization techniques. On the other hand, for children born using ovulation induction with or without insemination, there was a low but significantly increased risk of mental problems.
Adverse Effects of Fertility Drugs, Treatments
With more and more couples turning to fertility treatments for aid in becoming pregnant, significant attention has been paid to the potential adverse effects of fertility treatments and medications. Researchers have long suspected that the fertility drug Clomid, for example, may significantly increase a child’s risk of developing birth defects – particularly neural tube defects – even more so than other fertility treatments. According to a 2012 study conducted by researchers in Australia, the use of IVF increased a child’s risk of birth defects by 25%, and the use of ICSI increased the risk by 75%. However, when Clomid was introduced, the rate of birth defects skyrocketed to a whopping 300%. In another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on July 3, researchers from Sweden found no connection between autism and IVF fertility treatments, but did identify an increased risk of mental retardation, or intellectual impairment associated with IQ scores below 70.
Contact a Qualified Attorney to File a Claim
As more information comes to light about the alleged risks of fertility treatments, fertility drugs like Clomid and other potentially dangerous medications taken during pregnancy, attorneys throughout the country are investigating claims filed on behalf of families who believe they have been harmed by a defective drug or medical procedure. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or side effect that you believe was caused by a fertility treatment or medication, consult a knowledgeable lawyer in your area for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can pursue by filing a drug injury or medical malpractice claim against the allegedly negligent party. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can protect your legal rights and seek the reimbursement you deserve for your injuries.