Here’s What You Had to Say on…IVF

After learning about Robert Edward’s Nobel Prize win for his contributions to IVF and, at the same time, Dr. Michael Kamrava’s legal troubles for possible negligence in his practice of the procedure – we just had to know: Where do you stand on IVF?

The question sparked a lively debate among our commenters. Many of you agreed that it was a wonderful tool to help with infertility, while others found it unethical, and some stayed on the fence. Check out a sample below, and then take our poll and leave a comment to tell us where you stand!

  • “I think IVF is an awesomely, wonderful tool for couples who want to have a child. I was unfortunately diagnosed as menopausal at age 27 and with the help of egg donation (from my sister) and after 4 attempts at IVF, we were finally blessed this fall with our daughter, Grace. She is the love of our lives…” – Amanda Kendzierski
  • “…It only increases the chances of complications. I agree that the doctors need to have consequences. They are either endangering the patients health or help the fraud (giving birth to multiple kids to get welfare money). In either way it’s wrong and should be punishable. ..” –Alexandra
  • “IVF can be a wonderful tool, but I think it can be too tempting to play God. One must be very careful when considering how far they’d go for a child “of their own” (meaning one they’ve carried in their own womb). I do not think insurance companies should pay for IVF… if couples can fund the procedure, great. If not, adoption should be the route they take. Saving a child and giving them a good home and life is worth every bit as much as a medical procedure!” – Tricia Cooper
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  1. by Amanda

    On October 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Science,

    Thank you for providing your services to women and men so they can experience some of life’s greatest joys; pregancy, birth and children. Without you, some people may never know what it’s like to hear that first cry. Some people may never know what it feels like to hold a small piece of them in their arms. Some people will never know the unconditional love a child sparks deep within. And because of you, some people will.

  2. by Ivfmommy

    On October 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Obviously anyone who is against IVF has never went through the horrible trials of getting pregnant. My husband and I did everything possible to have a baby for 4 1/2 years (we didn’t even start until 2 years of “just naturally see what happens). The emotions of wanting so badly to have a baby and being a woman wanting to carry that child was so tremendous. Yes we considered adoption but that pain of not being able to carry my own child would never go away. It was what I wanted for as long as I can remember. I watched as all my friends gave birth and seeing all these “teen moms” and it slowly pulled me down farther and farther. I had full faith on God. After praying and praying, IVF was always the answer I got. I wasn’t sure if it was for me or not (but I sure as he’ll wasn’t going to judge others who did it). In the end that is what we did and now I have a beautiful, healthy 6month old baby girl. I agree there should be regulations on IVf (those that have multiple children over and over) but then again what about those that do that naturally? IVF is expensive so most people wouldn’t be able to keep doing it. Those few cases are far less than those that have several children naturally. Let’s not judge this mans work because of the few that misuse it. It is a savior for so many others. It’s like saying that we shouldn’t sale cars because so many people have wrecks….really? Those people are misusing a great invention. Some people just need to stop and think before they run their mouths on something they have no experience with.

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