IVF helps women stop their biological clock, poses questions if it is more of a modern drift than a serious choice?

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Ritika Pathak

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The practice of IVF expands with the soaring level of infertility cases over the globe. Although, the reason behind hormonal anomalies remain doubtful, the medical advances are looking to cash in the opportunity through assisted reproduction.

While childless couples can now choose the best treatment option for them, depending on their diagnosis, IVF and assisted pregnancy remains the top treatment choice for most. Not only for couples that can’t reproduce, IVF has also given women the option to reverse their biological clock, and plan their families when they think they are ready.

But with such leverage, several questions regarding the legitimacy of the process and practices such as egg freezing, have concerned people. Many believe that the choice of IVF is more of a modern drift than a genuine choice for having a better planned family.

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While egg freezing has been ideal of young women or women undergoing regressive treatments, as they can preserve their fertility for future, many women seek treatment just because they ‘think’ they are not ready for children.

Pre-pregnancy planning conversations with one simple question; “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year? If the patient says no, the discussion often shifts to contraception, not long terms plans for family building.

“Many women, every year when they see their provider they may talk about OK, these are my plans over the next year, never thinking in the future that, yes, I would like to get pregnant at some point,” said Bachmann, director of the Women’s Health Institute.

While specialists assert that although IVF is the most effective treatment option, but the longer a woman waits, the possible risk factors will adversely affect if fertility may happen to her.

“I think the key point is that the most appropriate time biologically to have children or to plan a family is in a woman’s 20s. But the world we live in makes that very difficult for lots of reasons. And so there’s really this mismatch between the biological clock and the world we live, in societal pressures, relational challenges, economic pressures, career advancements, all sorts of things,” says another fertility expert, Dr. Klein.

 

 

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