By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Thousands of children are conceived each year through assisted reproductive technologies, treatments meant to help couples who have fertility problems.  But a new study of Danish children is linking fertility treatments with an increased risk that the children will develop a mental health problem later in life.  Researchers described the increased risk as "modest," but identifiable nonetheless when they compared children born to parents who underwent fertility treatments with children who were conceived without intervention.

Jensen added that the study did not make a conclusion on whether it was fertility treatments or the underlying cause of the infertility--possibly genetic--that was responsible for the increased mental health risk.

Image: Fertility lab, via Shutterstock

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