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IVF children do better in exams?

Being conceived via IVF doesn’t harm academic achievement, finds new study

Posted: 23 September 2010
by Kimberley Smith

Children who are conceived by IVF perform better than their peers in academic tests, according to a new survey published in the journal Human Reproduction. Researchers at the University of Iowa found that IVF children tended to perform better on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Test for Educational Development.

“Our findings are reassuring for clinicians and patients as they suggest that being conceived through IVF does not have any detrimental effects on a child’s intelligence or cognitive development,” said Bradley Van Voorhis, who led the study.

The researchers compared the results of 423 Iowa children born using IVF to those of 372 children of the same age and gender who were conceived naturally. The study also showed that different methods of IVF had no effect on the scores.

Bradley has suggested that the differences could be related to social and economic factors. Those children whose parents conceived by IVF may be older or have a higher standard of education.

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