Autism Doubled In Artificial Reproductive Technology Births:

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27 Mar 2015, 10:27 am

I'm sharing an article I read. I'm not a scientist but I don't know anyone with autism who was conceived in this way. What are your thoughts about this?

The incidence of autism is twice as high for children conceived via assisted reproductive technology (ART) than it is for children conceived naturally. A recent study from Columbia University points not to the technology itself but its tendency to cause multiple births as the cause for the surge. Now researchers suggest that reducing the number of multiple births may also reduce autism rates. ... ame-326336

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27 Mar 2015, 10:37 am

I could see that. Prematurity and prolonged labour can cause a brain injury. I've heard the later-born children in a set of multiples are at especially high risk, because oxygen flow is somewhat restricted once labour begins.

I met a set of twins who both had CP and autism. Apparently, they'd been born quite premature. I don't think they were the result of assisted reproduction, though. I think they were just natural twins.