The study involved 206 children born to couples who conceive soon. Of those 122 were conceived with the help of a fertility treatment and 87 were conceived naturally. When completing 2 years, children underwent a test to assess their neurological development also included tests of motor function, posture, reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Couples who had taken longer to become pregnant were associated with an increase of 30 per cent of onset of mild neurological problems in children.

On average, parents of children with problems had cost them four years to get pregnant, while parents of children without problems had cost them an average of two years and eight months, according to research results ..

Previous studies have linked fertility treatment to an increased risk of complications such as premature birth, low birth weight and birth defects.

However, the number of children analyzed in this study was very small, so further studies are needed to confirm these results.

The children in the study showed mild neurological problems not necessarily significant deficiencies in everyday life. However, these children may be more likely to have learning and / or behavior in the future.

It can read the full research data in: Archives of Disease in Childhood
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