The Pros And Cons Of In Vitro Fertilization

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In-Vitro Fertilization is a complex series of procedures used to treat fertility or genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. During the process of IVF, mature eggs are removed from female’s ovaries and fertilized by the chosen male’s sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized embryos are implanted in the uterus. This process can be done using the patient's own eggs and their spouses sperm. In other cases the egg, sperm or embryos from a known or anonymous donor may be used. There are gestational carriers which is a woman who has an embryo implanted in her uterus, who can be used in some situations. While IVF is a effective way to have a child for those who have fertility problems, it is a very complex procedure and also very expensive. Other treatment options such as fertility drugs or artificial insemination can be tried. IVF is mostly offered as a primary treatment for infertility in women over the age of 40, also for those women who have certain health conditions. Although a good alternative legal and ethical issues arise.…show more content…
This happens when the patients understands the nature of the treatment as well as the potential risks, benefits, and potential alternatives, and thereafter voluntarily chooses to proceed with the treatment. Most fertility clinics have standardized forms for all patients complete as part of the informed consent process. Typically during completion of the form the physician will have the informed consent discussion. The informed consent paperwork often goes beyond procedure risks and divulge into issues such as the establishment and relinquishment of parental rights. As fertility treatments have become more medically advanced and available to more people other than married couples, the legal issues surrounding parentage have become more complex and cannot be resolved by provisions in consent

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