Docs Warn Would-Be Parents of Higher IVF Risks

Test-tube babies at 30% greater risk for genetic health conditions
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2009 6:15 PM CDT
Couples will be encouraged to use in vitro fertilization treatment sparingly after a new study revealed it could leave babies with a greater risk of genetic health problems.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – British doctors will begin warning fertility patients about in vitro fertilization, which has been shown to increase the risk of genetic health problems in babies by 30%, the Independent reports. Experts say the “small risk” could be caused by weaker eggs in older women or fertilization medication that harms the eggs. Prospective parents had only been warned of a limited IVF risk in the past.