When a woman is unable to get pregnant particularly after she is 40
, it is natural for the couple to get desperate. That is when the greedy fertility treatment
industry starts to exploit them. While many such couples may be able to pay for the outrageously expensive assisted reproductive therapy
) with the help of their insurance company (it is mandated by law in those cases), others will have to come up with tens of thousands of dollars on their own, often through financing
with high interest rates.
Most people borrow this money and can get stuck in a cycle of debt
for decades or even declare bankruptcy
, often without becoming parents.
The so-called fertility doctors (and a whole industry that now includes acupuncturists
teachers, natural medicine
doctors, personal consultants, etc.) are in great position to exploit the desperate people. If the couple gets even technically pregnant, they take all the credit, and keep pushing them to try again (often more money, though, to trap them they will give some discounts not available to first-time patients).
And if you do not get pregnant, then they put all the blame on you. "You are too old, your eggs are no good, your husband has low sperm count
, your husband has low sperm motility
, etc.," they say.
Well, if you are one of those people that are desperate to have your own child but are unable to get pregnant
, here is a piece of news that may save you tens of thousands of dollars.
According to research published in the British Medical Journal, use of drugs like Clomid and artificial insemination is no more useful than trying to get pregnant naturally
. These fertility drugs also have serious side effects, chances of multiple babies is high (it may appear like great news to have more than one baby when you struggled to have just one, but these pregnancies are complicated with risk of death for both the babies and mother and higher possibility of development complications in children) and long-term effects on a woman's body, particularly menopause
, are not yet known.
I can understand why it is tempting to undergo treatment. You feel that you are doing something and trying really hard, but trust me, the best way to try really hard is to hole up with your spouse in your bedroom
.So are IUI and IVF worthwhile?
No. They only make sense when natural pregnancy is impossible, for example, when using donor eggs
or using a surrogate mother
or when the fallopian tubes are blocked.
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