[Holy Hormones Honey! I guess the message here is loud and strong – don’t mess with Mother Nature. Sadly chronic stress, environmental toxins and lack of nutrition have raised infertility rates for women and men. Can we really expect an artificial method to save our souls? I think we are beginning to understand they anything artificial, or synthetic actually causes more problems in the long run. I read somewhere else that the egg and sperm become altered in a petri dish – out of their natural environment. I would imagine that the stronger the health of the man and woman having IVF and their sperm and egg have a better chance of sustaining an artificial environment. What does that go back to? Nutrition. Pure and simple. Hmmm – also read somewhere else that nutrients increased fertility. double Hmmm.]
IVF treatment used by 23,000 women in turmoil as shock report reveals that birth abnormalities have DOUBLED
- Survey shows injections used by 20,000 British couples a year reveals one in ten babies born with abnormalities
- Findings show all other IVF procedures are safe
- Clinics accused of profiting from more expensive procedure
By Jo Mcfarlane
PUBLISHED: 16:57 EST, 5 May 2012
Fertility clinics are facing demands to restrict the most popular form of IVF after a shocking new report linked it to an increased risk of birth defects.
The study created a major alert after revealing the ICSI treatment, used by 23,000 women in the UK every year, creates a ‘sky high’ chance of having a baby with serious abnormalities.
The procedure, which involves injecting a single sperm into an egg, is used in both the NHS and the private sector, and now represents more than half of all IVF treatments. But it is more expensive than standard IVF, raising fears some clinics may be promoting it to increase profits.
Scientists behind the latest survey of 300,000 births found that one child in ten born following ICSI has a defect – twice the level of the general population – but that standard IVF has no extra risks compared with natural births.
Following the report, other experts called for clinics to use ICSI only when there was no medical alternative, and demanded a national database of children born from IVF be set up urgently.
Women who undergo the most popular IVF treatment in Britain are twice as likely to have babies with birth defects as the rest of the population, the shocking new survey revealed.
Women who undergo the ICSI process, in which a single sperm is injected into an egg, are more likely to have a baby with problems including cleft palate, heart and lung conditions, cerebral palsy and blood disorders.