A recent study found that adults conceived through fertility treatment may have a better quality of life in adulthood than those who were naturally conceived.
Research has already investigated the health of IVF-conceived children, but data about adults is limited because IVF was first implemented relatively recently, in 1978.
'Our findings suggest that being ART [assisted reproductive technology]-conceived can provide some advantages on quality of life in adulthood, independent of other psychosocial factors,' said Dr Karin Hammarberg, lead author of the study at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
The study looked at a group of 193 adults conceived through fertility treatment and 86 naturally conceived adults at two separate time points: when they were between 18 and 28 years old and then again between the ages of 22 and 35.
The study also showed that regardless of their method of conception, adults who were in a better psychological and home environment at the first time point, were more likely to have higher quality of life at the second. Read more