More views on IVF

Below another conversation between my heroine Eden and her best friend Marion.



New Technologies

New Technologies: The Ethical and Social Issues

New Controversy Over Experimental IVF Method – exclaimed sciencemag.org


In an article by Gretchen Vogel Sep. 19, 2013 , 5:00 PM

The Ethics Centre discuss In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Article Science + Technology

Male infertility and mental health

Eden on IVF impact on men’s mental health:

‘I could see that he was suffering a lot, he felt ashamed and inadequate because he was not able to fertilise his wife in the traditional manner. His demeanour changed, like he was a waste of space, an ineffective and irrelevant member of society, even though he discovered that he was not the only one with this problem. On top of that he had to deal with me in the state I was in. You know there’s a lot of information on the TV and in the media these days, about IVF, and all of the focus is on how it is for women.’

‘I wish IVF had never been invented’

A recent Magazine article by Lisa Jardine about the frequency with which In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) fails prompted readers to send in their own experiences.

Five million babies have been born worldwide since 1978 thanks to IVF. But few people talk of the many more times the treatment doesn’t work, said Lisa Jardine, the departing chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), in the article.

Fertility problems are estimated to affect one in six or one in seven couples in the UK – approximately 3.5 million people .

Around 60,000 fertility treatments are performed in UK licensed clinics per year, with the live birth rate after IVF about a quarter, according to latest figures (2010) from the HFEA. 

The latest HFEA figures show that for every cycle of IVF, fewer than a third of patients under the age of the 35 will be successful. And the percentages decrease as women get older.

Moreover, costs are high – 60% of IVF treatment in Britain is carried out in private clinics

Read more of this article from the BBC News Magazine



The impact of Infertility and IVF on your Mental Health


Secrets of IVF: high rate of failure and heavy toll on mental health

‘We have made the decision that if it doesn’t work this time we are going to stop’

Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 03:01

Sheila Wayman

 The day Ruth drove her car up to Howth harbour in Co Dublin and contemplated driving off the side, she realised it was time to stop preparing for a third cycle of in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

“I figured nothing was worth that and I stopped taking it,” she says of the medication she had been prescribed to suppress her immune system and that had caused upsetting side effects. Two previous IVF cycles using different protocols had failed.


By Nicola

16th May 2019

IVF mental health impact


Fertility Treatments Take a Toll on Mental Health

Intended parents, sperm donors, egg donors, surrogates…it’s a “complex psychosocial minefield.”

by Olivia Campbell

Feb 10 2017


Failed IVF can be just as upsetting as miscarriage

And here’s what else they don’t tell you about fertility treatment

By Allie Anderson


Eden: “So we registered with a clinic accepting NHS patients. The staff there were pretty horrible, you know, a stroppy attitude, no empathy, and so inefficient.”

“…to recover from the procedures and emotional roller-coaster. I ended up isolating myself from everyone, family and friends. On those rare weekends when Ron wasn’t working, apart from going shopping, we stayed at home most of the time, sitting in front of the TV but hardly watching it, each of us immersed in our own thoughts. Our social life ended. When he was on his shifts, especially on the long-hauls, at certain moments everything became unbearable, I actually contemplated jumping off a bridge or in front of a train. It entered my head and I considered it in detail, my life was one of misery and despair and I wanted no more of it.”


8 women talk honestly about the gruelling reality of IVF – and the joy it can bring


Difficult parts of IVF/ICSI treatment

12 Things to Try Before Turning to IVF

Kelly Burch, HealthyWay



My experience with the hidden costs of IVF treatment UK

When you discover you or your partner are infertile and require IVF, the last thing you want to hear is that you may not be able to get access to fertility treatment with the NHS.


Self-Care for IVF: 5 Women Share Their Experiences

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Inside the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of an IVF Experience

By Elizabeth Holmes

Apr 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am


June 24, 2016|

By Zahra Barnes

What I Wish I’d Known Before Getting IVF

As the dark side of IVF slowly comes into focus, even more transparency is needed

By Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos

July 27, 2018

I spent the next decade researching IVF, writing about it, and getting to know women and men around the world who were also traumatized by their experiences with IVF. Not surprisingly, they have not sought the spotlight, as reliving the experience can be excruciating. Some have been barred from speaking publicly because of lawsuit settlements.

Only recently did I learn that Dr. Sam Thatcher, who was the director of the Center for Applied Reproductive Science in Johnson City, Tennessee, wrote a damning assessment of the growing IVF field about the same time as I was having my first IVF consult. Twenty-one years after Brown’s birth, he raised concerns about the woeful lack of industry self-regulation and the creep toward profits over patient care. He noted that by the mid-1980s, more than half of the 100 assisted reproductive technology programs that existed at the time had not yet reported a pregnancy, even though they were making a great deal of money in the process. Before he passed away in 2009, Thatcher laid bare not only how clinics manipulated data to compete for new patients, but also the increasingly aggressive sales techniques fueling growth in this for-profit medical field.


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