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The UK’s most popular form of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) used by 20,000 British couples a year, doubles the risk of serious birth abnormalities, according to a recent study. Approximately 10 in every 100 births from the treatment known as ICSI have shown significant defects, a fact which many health care experts find incredibly alarming.
According to the UK’s DailyMail, “The treatment was designed to help infertile men become fathers, but has become the dominant IVF process, accounting for 52 per cent of all such treatments carried out in this country. More than 23,000 women were treated using the technique in 2010, when 6,500 babies were born as a result.”
Previous studies raised significant concerns over abnormalities in all types of IVF, but the new research published by the New England Journal of Medicine provides conclusive evidence that these types of abnormalities come specifically from the use of ICSI, treatment in which a single sperm is injected into an egg.
The types of defects seen from ICSI include cerebral palsy, cleft palate, and heart and lung conditions.
Read more: DailyMail