Children born via IVF have a better quality of life in adulthood, according to researchers at Australia’s Monash University
In the study, 193 people who were conceived with reproductive assistance, were compared to 86 who were conceived naturally, all aged between 22 and 35.
The children of parents who were given Assisted Reproductive treatment were shown to be markedly happier with their personal relationships, support from friends, sex life, and quality of life.
The study was featured in the journal Human Fertility.
Lead researcher, Dr Karin Hammarberg, said the findings show there are advantages to being born via ART.
She said: “Our findings show that being ART-conceived can provide some advantages on quality of life in adulthood, independent of other psychosocial factors.
“Together with previous evidence that adults conceived by ART have similar physical health to those who were naturally conceived, this is reassuring for people who were conceived via ART – and those who need ART to conceive.”
The study asked the participants three questions on social relationships and eight questions about their general environment.
Dr Hammarberg said a study of this sort was important due to the number of babies being born via ART in the present age, which made it vital to chart and evaluates any long-term effects of ART on their physical health and wellbeing.
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