Society’s Split on IVF — Where do You Stand?

Right on the heels of Robert Edward’s Nobel Prize win for his contributions to in vitro fertilization (IVF) comes the news that Nadya Suleman’s (AKA Octomom) doctor may lose his license for his work with her.

While Dr. Michael Kamrava’s legal woes are related to the way he practiced IVF (implanting far more embryos than national guidelines permit), not the practice of IVF itself, the suit is still indicative of a larger battle.

Even as IVF helps  thousands of women to conceive and receives awards, the technology and its usage still has heavy adversaries, including insurance companies and certain religions.

What are your thoughts on IVF? Is it a wonderful tool, immoral or something else entirely?

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  1. by Julia Marzano

    On October 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I think IVF is a wonderful tool for women who are having trouble conceiving. I do agree that Dr. Kamrava should have his medical license revoked for not following guidelines.

  2. by Amanda Kendzierski

    On October 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    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 and although there is a lot of emotional ups and downs with the process, it was well worth it to hold her in our arms.

  3. by Jessica Chiles

    On October 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I agree, IVF is for some women the only way to fulfill their dreams of having a child and being able to carry it themselves. The doctors performing this procedure need to keep the mother and children(s) well being in mind when performing the procedure and Dr. Kamrava obviously wasn’t!!! He should be punished for his actions but I believe the octomom needs to take some responsibility as well.

  4. by Lisa Imperato

    On October 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I think God works thru the hands of doctors and if this is the way a couple has to conceive than it is truly a gift. I think it should be done only when all other options have been exhausted.
    The doc and patient need to be responsible and I think in the case of the Octo Mom that wasn’t the case. The one good outcome is that the children are a blessing no matter what the situation was.

  5. by Tricia Cooper

    On October 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    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!

  6. by Alexandra

    On October 20, 2010 at 2:09 am

    It does not make any sence to implant more embrios. 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.

    The reasons why people resort to ivf are so very different. I think there must be a phycological consult available to some of the ivf patients, especially the ones who had a failed ivf atempt or who are on a tight budget as those are more likely to decide to implant all the viable embryos.

  7. by Karla

    On October 20, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Thanks to IVF I was able to help two couples, close friends of mine, become parents as their egg donor. We are all very close friends and now, along with my daughter, all five sisters and we the parents are one big happy family. We are a unique and special family and you won’t find one who loves each other more. I don’t think IVF is always the answer but it helped us to be the family we are today so I will always be grateful that we had that option.

  8. by Lindsey Parker

    On October 20, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I think IVF is an excellent tool for those who experience infertility…I agree that 8 embryos is too many… however it should also be taken into consideration the patients medical history and how many times they have tried other methods and failed. I think doctors sometimes need to look more at the “big picture”.

  9. by Beth Audet

    On October 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Its a wonderful tool for having babies; women are having children where 20 years ago they couldn’t. Please, just go in with full disclosure: having a baby when older (40+) isn’t easy on your body and you could have some complications you didn’t expect. Just keep that in mind when making your birth plan.

  10. by Samantha Grissom

    On October 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

    IVF is a wonderful tool to help people create their families! I’m currently in the process of becoming a surrogate and in all my research, I’ve never heard of an RE placing more than 3 embies and that’s usually only when they’re really bad quality. It’s much more common to only use one or two.

    I know of someone who recently had one embryo implanted and still got pregnant with twins! So there is always that risk of getting even MORE than you put in!

  11. by Lexia Media

    On October 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

    We are biased but there are alternative solutions out there. Have you heard of DuoFertility? Look at this article printed in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8069642/British-fertility-device-as-effective-as-IVF.html

  12. by Selmada

    On October 20, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I think IVF is a wonderful alternative to those who’ve exhausted all other routes.
    I think both the parents and the doctors need to take responsibility in determining how many embryos to transfer etc. Yes, eggs can split and twins can occur with a single transfer, but twins can occur ‘the old fashioned way too’ so I dont see why that would be an issue.
    I would like insurance to cover at least a portion of the cost for at least one treatment.

  13. by Rebecca

    On October 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I think IVF can be a blessing for parents struggling with infertility, but it does pose some very difficult ethics issues. Implanting 12 embryos is gross negligence on the part of both the mother and the doctor.

  14. by Laura

    On October 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I think IVF should consist of implanting two embryos at the most. It’s just more safe and logical. Ethically, God still has a hand in it working out. On the other hand, I have a problem with trashing the extra “embryos.” I’m just happy I never had to make that decision. Clomid worked for me. My heart goes out to women struggling with infertility. Find strength in others.

  15. by Billie

    On October 21, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I think IVF is such a great thing. It’s nice for parents who are finding it hard to have children. To me there would be nothing worse in the world then to be told i could not have a child. I would want to have more options. I do think the Doctor should be punished for not following guidelines. I agree that there should only be 2 or 3 embryos implanted.

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  17. by kelly sullivan

    On October 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I think ivf is a great addition to society to help those who want a baby but can’t naturally have one.

  18. by Kerry

    On October 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I believe that IVF is truly necessary for some women to concieve. I have watched my best friends struggle with pregnancy and conceive with IVF and have their miracle babies. I too had to go through pills, giving myself shots and then by some miracle got pregnant on my own after giving up with the medicines. It took us 2 years and we now have our princess. I think that people like Dr. Michael Kamrava give IVF a bad name! I can understand implanting 2 embryo’s but not 12!!! Many times only one will stick or none at all, but you can’t risk becoming an “octo-mom”. IVF is great and I am so happy for all of the mommy’s out there that have their miracle babies!!!

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