There are pitfalls with IVF that are not discussed. And, this business end of reproduction is more often than not cash only. There are virtually ZERO long term studies regarding what effect-impact freezing, and a host of other ‘things’, that are done to the egg, or sperm, or the embryos that have (or could have) on the child that is produced. This 'miracle of modern medicine' could be good ... or just OK ... or it could be very, very bad. Science has rubbed the lamp and we cannot put the genie back in the bottle. After counseling many women in my career, the great emotional toil let alone the finances are not discussed. The ethical check is also missing regarding instances of doctors using their own sperm such as the Indiana doctor who in 2016 used his own sperm at least 50 times.
As the character Dr. Ian Malcom (played by Jeff Goldblum) said in the 1993 movie Jurassic Park, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could (create life) that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
by Karen F., (Ret) RN, NP OB & Palliative Care
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