PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Many women awaiting in-vitro fertilization (IVF) would prefer to have a child with cerebral palsy or other birth defects rather than have no child at all, according to a study presented here.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 23 ? Many women awaiting in-vitro fertilization (IVF) would be more willing to have a child with cerebral palsy or other birth defects than have no child at all, according to a study presented here.
The study sheds light on why some couples prefer double-embryo transfer, which is believed to result in successful pregnancy more often than a single transfer but carries a greater risk of twin pregnancy and associated adverse outcomes, said investigators from Scotland.
The researchers based their findings on structured interviews with 81 women awaiting IVF, said Graham Scotland, a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting here.
The interviews presented women with a series of hypothetical scenarios and asked them to make choices between adverse outcomes such as cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, visual impairment, perinatal death, or not having a child at all.
A "preference score" was given for each outcome. This score ranged from 1 (most preferred) to 0 (least preferred). Median scores for the outcomes studied, ranked in order of preference, are as follows:
Thus, having no child at all was valued significantly lower than having a child with physical, cognitive, or visual impairments (P