Researchers at the University of Oxford are conducting a study to better understand the long-term health of women and their babies after fertility treatment
The study, entitled the Prolonged Effects of Assisted Reproductive technologies on the health of women and their children, will be known as PEARL and is a large-scale look at women and children in England, studying more than 270,000 babies born between 1991 and 2018, and their mothers.
The team, lead by Dr. Claire Carson, will use existing records from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority(HFEA) register, linked to information from GP practices held by the Clinical Practice Research Datalink over the 20-year period.
Dr Carson is a senior researcher based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology in the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford.
Researchers have said the study has three aims, those being:
To find out the effect of fertility problems and fertility treatment on the health and development of ART children to adolescence
To look at the impact of successful fertility treatment on the health and wellbeing of women who underwent treatment
To estimate the additional costs to the NHS (if any) of caring for women and their children after successful fertility treatment
The results of the study are likely to be published at scientific conferences, and made available to professionals and organisations who treat women with fertility problems, and who provide healthcare to women and children.
The study is being funded by the UK Medical Research Council as part of a fellowship to Dr Claire Carson.
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