IVF & Regulation

Things to Consider


In vitro fertilzation is a very popular alternative to natural childbearing for several reasons. The main advantage is that for couples with certain infertility problems, IVF has the obvious benefit of boosting the odds of getting pregnant. It's helpful for women with blocked fallopian tubes or for men with a low sperm count. Another advantage is that in vitro fertilzation could also be a treatment of choice any time a couple decides to use donor eggs, when the woman is having trouble producing her own. A third advantage is the the IVF treatment, can greatly reduce surgery on woman's fallopian tubes. It is estimated that IVF has cut these surgeries by nearly fifty percent!


Although there are many advantages of IVF, there are also several cons to consider. The most basic disadvantage is the cost. Depending on the circumstances, IVF has a success rate of thirty percent. However, each cycle costs an average of ten grand. That is a lot of money, but can you really put a price on a child? A second disadvantage is having multiple births. Five Percent of the time, women undergoing the in vitro fertilization process, have more than the one desired child. Only expecting to have one kid, having three or more could be quite a shock. However, if properly regulated this is a very slim chance. The last disadvantage involves ethical morals. Many times, not all the fertilized eggs are being used and some people believe that this is a waste of life. It can get very controversial for people who are pro-life and could lead to outrage.