Date Published: 11 June 2010

French study into risks in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

Recent research carried out in France has shown that there is a small but clear increase in risks of congenital abnormalities in children born as a result of IVF or ICSI. The reason for this is not clear and the risks are still very small. The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has said that it is important that patients are informed about this study, but not alarmed by it.

The title of the French study is:

'C06.1 - Is there an increased risk of congenital malformations after Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)? Results of a French cohort composed of 15 162 children'


In order to ensure that UK patients understand the risks of Assisted REproductive Technologies (ART), the HFEA keeps this type of research under review. When results indicate that there may be a greater risk they share the information with patients in a clear way in order to help them understand the risks associated with the choices they are making.


Source: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA), UK..

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