Infertility Drugs Raise Autism Risk?

While there may be an association between IVF and the development of autism, research is not clear whether IVF or other fertility inducing medications cause autism, said Dr. Ernest Krug, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at William Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Mich.

"It's good to do these studies, but the problem comes when we try to draw conclusions too quickly," said Krug. "I think we just have to be cautious about telling people that you better not pursue modes of infertility treatments when we just don't know that."

In fact, the complexities of finding associations for autism can span from environmental triggers to numerous identified genes, said Krug. Perhaps infertility treatment may be added to the list of triggers, although it is still too early to tell, he said.

"[Autism is] a very complex area," said Krug. "There needs to be more research in this area before definite conclusions can be drawn."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10703865.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Director Wes Craven attends the screening of Life Itself at the ArcLight Cinemas, June 26, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif.
Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images
PHOTO: Kanye West accepts the Vanguard Award onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images
PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin works out at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Aug. 30, 2015.
Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images