Children who undergo IVF seem to fight infection better than those who do not, according to a new study. The researchers found that Delta does not make children sicker; they actually appear to be more resistant against infections and create a stronger secondary immune response after an infection as opposed to following immunization with the vaccine.
In a prospective cohort study of 50 children who underwent IVF and 50 matched controls, the researchers measured T-cell response to influenza vaccination and monitored illness after natural infection with human respiratory syncytial virus. They found that compared with controls, children undergoing IVF displayed higher T-cell response to the vaccine and better recovery after infection.
Additionally, FOXP3 expression was similar in both groups of children. We found that the enhanced immune responses in these patients support their recovery from respiratory viruses, said senior author Toru Nakano of Fukushima Medical University. This suggests that enhanced immune responses may be one of the reasons these children get sick less often.
Further research is needed to determine whether these findings will translate into improved long-term outcomes for children who undergo IVF, especially because some studies have found that children born after IVF develop more respiratory infections than other children their age. However, Nakano said that there is no evidence that IVF is a risk factor for development of asthma or allergies in children.
What is IVF? In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves retrieving a woman’s eggs and sperm from her fallopian tubes, fertilizing the egg in a lab dish with the man’s sperm, planting the fertilized egg inside the woman’s uterus and waiting for it to implant.
IVF is often used when women have trouble getting pregnant because of blocked fallopian tubes or other problems. It is also used when a woman has low sperm count or poor-quality sperm, or if the man has low sperm count or poor-quality sperm.
IVF is sometimes done with intracytoplasmic sperm injection , which involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg to fertilize it. ICSI is typically used when there are issues with male infertility, such as poor semen quality or sperm that don’t swim well.
Pros: Over 10,000 children around the globe are born every year as a consequence of IVF and thousands more have been conceived by using other assisted reproductive technologies. The IVF procedure can help people who have no viable way to have a baby other than through the use of a donor egg or sperm.
Pros: Many couples undergoing IVF report feeling relief after finally conceiving a child, especially if they have gone through years of fertility treatments previously.
Cons: Some experts believe that the risks of IVF outweigh the benefits for some women — such as those over 40 and some cancer survivors — although others suggest it’s an appropriate treatment option for many patients.
Cons: The success rates of IVF are dependent on the age of the woman, with younger women aged 18 to 34 having better odds than women older than 40, who have about a 16 percent chance per cycle.
The medical treatments used in fertility clinics can be polarizing because people often disagree with using medical technology to solve social problems. This article is about how children conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) are susceptible to allergies and respiratory infections. While this is true, the article did not provide any research about whether IVF causes these conditions or if it simply creates a group of people whose DNA would predispose them to be more likely to have these conditions. In addition, the article did not present any information about how common respiratory infections and allergies are in the general population. Thus, this article could be better written to include that additional information because it would help give readers a more complete understanding of the subject matter.