IVF children have a ‘better quality of life’ because parents feel lucky to have them, study finds

Kids who are born via IVF could have a better quality of life, a new study has found.

What’s more, Aussie researchers say parents who were assisted having children are significantly happier in their relationships, have more support from their friends and a better quality of life themselves.

“It is possible that people who achieve parenthood after ART (assisted reproductive technology) have a particularly strong desire for and commitment to parenthood and feel lucky to have had a successful outcome,” the study states.

“This may make them more likely to adopt an authoritative parenting style which is characterised by having high expectations on children, while simultaneously providing warmth and support.”

Kids born via IVF have a better quality of life, study suggests

Monash University scientists asked adults aged between 22 and 35 to fill out a questionnaire about their quality of life.

Some of the were on social relationships, their happiness, financial situation, feeling of safety and general environment.

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Experts found that those who were conceived using assisted reproduction had higher scores.

It seems that parents who conceive through assisted reproduction “have a particularly strong desire for and commitment to parenthood and feel lucky” to have them.

“Our findings suggest that being ART-conceived can provide some advantages on quality of life in adulthood, independent of other psychosocial factors,” says Dr Karin Hammarberg, who led the study.

“Together with previous evidence that adults conceived by ART have similar physical health to those who were naturally conceived, this is reassuring for people who were conceived with ART – and those who need ART to conceive.

“Children conceived via ART are nowadays a substantial part of the population – and it’s important to continue to evaluate the long-term effects of ART on their physical health and wellbeing as they progress through adolescence into adulthood.”

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Please note, this is a study The Healthy Mummy is reporting on to raise awareness and also give support to mothers. 

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