Sunday, November 04, 2018

Infertile couples are not patients

Infertile couples should stop thinking of themselves as being patients. 

The reality is that they're really not sick. For one thing, not having a baby, which is being childless is more a social condition rather than anything else, so that for people who don't have a baby and don't want to have one, they call it child-free and not infertile.
Yes, infertility is a medically treatable problem because it is a result of a medical disease – for example, a low sperm count or blocked tubes, but that doesn't mean that the woman, who's taking the IVF treatment is a patient. She's not sick, just because she happens to be going to a doctor for having a baby !
All we're doing with a lot of our assisted reproductive technology is helping nature and giving it a hand, so that we can do in the lab what is not happening naturally in the bedroom. 
Remember that ART is assisted reproductive technology, not artificial reproductive technology - we're not doing anything artificial or creating synthetic eggs or sperms or embryos in the lab ! 
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