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Children of women with fertility problems are more likely to have psychiatric disorders, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4350 (Published 01 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4350
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Children born to mothers with fertility problems have a higher risk of psychiatric problems in childhood and young adulthood, a large Danish study has found. However, the biological basis of this association remained unclear.

At an annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology held in Munich, Allen Jensen of the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre in Copenhagen said that the results came from a database of all children born in Denmark from 1969 to 2006—a total of 2.4 million children, of whom 5% (124 384) had been born to women with fertility problems.

Over a follow-up period of 20 years the team found that 170 240 children had been admitted to hospital with psychiatric disorders. Those born to women with fertility problems were found to …

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