So what were we talking about? Oh right. What's going on on The Infertility Channel. Yesterday we discussed "Fertility Tourism". Couples who travel Europe with a map of the best five star fertility clinics under their arm. Also in the news: There was a recent Dutch study of kids who had been conceived via IVF who were now teenagers. Researchers wanted to know if there were any marked differences in the mental health between teens who had been conceived naturally versus those via IVF. What they found is that:
Teens who had been conceived through in vitro felt more comfortable around medical personnel, liked the feel of latex gloves against their skin, liked to be in the public eye ("under the microscope")...
Liked extreme cold; asked loved ones to put on a lab coat before hugging them...
Didn't mind being away from their parents for two to five days at a time, were turned on by hospital smells, and enjoyed dates in cozy places made of glass.
Unlike "regular" teens, they were not annoying or disrespectful, never drove too fast, begged their parents to borrow the car, returned it with no gas, drove 1500 miles with their friends to sleep overnight on a sidewalk to get concert tickets without mentioning that they were going or blamed their parents for ruining their lives.
Okay, so after months of studies, of course they found, emotionally, no difference between IVF-conceived and naturally conceived teens.
The study didn't get into the social stigma issue of being conceived via IVF. Like having other kids teasing them: "Your mama's so ugly even your daddy wouldn't touch her." "He paid a doctor 15 grand to do it for him."
An earlier study did show an increase in depression and binge-drinking among IVF-conceived teen girls. I think the report got confused. I'm a mother of IVF- conceived multiples. You want to talk about depression and binge-drinking.
Listen I gotta go. My answering machine just picked up and Mel Gibson's leaving a message. This I gotta hear.
I'll talk with ya again tomorrow.