Assessing the health and development of ART-conceived young adults: A study of feasibility, parent recall, and acceptability

Jane Fisher, Karin Hammarberg, HW Gordon Baker, John McBain

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BACKGROUND Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to treat infertility have been available for nearly three decades. There have been a number of systematic comparisons of the health and development of ART-conceived with spontaneously-conceived (SC) children. Data are equivocal, some finding no differences and others that there are more health and developmental problems in the ART group. It is agreed that perinatal mortality and morbidity are worse after assisted than spontaneous conception and the impact of the hormonally altered intrauterine environment on puberty and later fertility of offspring are unknown. To date however, there has been no investigation of the health and development of ART-conceived young adults, including from the world s few prospective cohorts of ART conceived children. Obtaining these data requires contact to be made with people at least twenty years after discharge from the treating service. Given the ethical difficulties of approaching families to participate in research up to two decades after cessation of treatment, the aim of this exploratory qualitative investigation was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of approaching mothers treated for infertility prior to 1988, and their recall of the health and development of their ART-conceived young adult children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 13
Number of pages13
JournalReproductive Health
Issue numberArt. No: 7
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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