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How You Get Pregnant Has a Correlation to Your Child’s Risk of Autism

A study published by the American Journal of Public Health of over six million children born between 1997 and 2007 has shown a correlation with assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization, and the prevalence of autism. Conducted by Columbia University, the study found children conceived through these methods in women under 35 who have multiple children were twice as likely to develop autism.

Researchers also warned, however, that correlation does not necessarily mean causation. Multiple births and other risks may be contributing to the results. Complications of pregnancy and delivery may be another risk factor. Assisted reproductive technology has not been implicated as the definite cause for the increased risk in autism.

The cause of autism is still unknown, but important research like this brings us closer to discovering its cause. You can help leading researchers explore the causes, prevention, treatments, and cures for autism spectrum disorders.

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