In Vitro Fertilization Raises Autism Risk

intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection raises autism risk

Research shows that intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a particular type of in vitro fertilization, is associated with a higher risk of autism and mental disability in children.

ICSI is a common procedure for male infertility that involves the technique of injecting a single sperm directly into an egg, rather than fertilization happening in a dish, as in standard IVF.

The findings show that babies born after IVF treatments with ICSI had a 51 percent increased risk of intellectual disability, compared to children born after standard IVF.

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