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No Long-Term Health Effects from Assisted Reproduction

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Australians born through assisted reproduction are as healthy as people conceived naturally, according to a study published in Fertility and Sterility (

Lead author Prof Jane Halliday of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute said researchers compared 193 people aged 22–35 years born using assisted reproduction technology with local age-matched controls. The participants were among the first Australians to be born through assisted reproduction technology and some of the first assisted reproduction babies in the world.

Physical assessments included measuring carotid artery thickness, blood pressure, overall body dimensions, respiratory function, lipid profiles, free fatty acids, blood glucose and insulin levels. “The study showed there is no evidence of increased vascular or cardiometabolic risk such as heart disease and diabetes, growth or respiratory or well-being problems in this assisted reproduction technology group,” she said.

However, adults born through one type of assisted reproduction technology, in vitro fertilisation, did better than the control group on many quality-of-life indicators. They felt better about their finances, safety, environment and housing than the control...

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