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The negative sides of IVF.

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The negative sides of IVF. In-vitro fertilisation or IVF as it is usually known has been in the media a great deal recently; Articles about the new scientific breakthroughs and television programmes showing a number of couple's stories of going through the treatment. These do show the realistic fact that only 15 % of all treatments work and that many couples do not end up with a child, but they do not show all the negative sides to the treatment. The clinics, which carry out these treatments also, find ways of avoiding telling prospective customers these down sides in order to try and get more money. The first IVF baby, Louise Brown was born twenty years ago and since then 30,000 babies have been born by IVF in Britain alone. ...read more.

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as they still make large profits from failed treatments. On average each treatment per try cost between �3-4,000. If a couple needs more than four or five tries (the average amount of treatments couples have) it becomes an exclusive luxury just for the wealthy. The National Health Service (NHS) sometimes help with the funding but it depends on where the couple lives, their income and status. Many women these days are putting off having children in order to have a career first, this means that if they find out they have a fertility problem they have less time (biologically) to have treatment. This means that more women in their forties are having IVF, the success rate for this age group is only 5% and they also have the added risk of their child having a disability. ...read more.

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Another negative side of IVF, which is not commonly known, is that there are many multiple births, one in three successful IVF births are multiple births. Couples who have had multiple births from IVF treatments think that the risks of this happening should be made clearer with more information available to potential IVF parents. Twins from IVF are five times as likely to die in their first year and triplets are ten to fifteen times as likely to die in their first year and most IVF babies are born premature. Although when IVF works and gives an infertile couple a healthy baby it is an amazing act of science, but people should be aware of the down sides and problems it can cause for the couples finances and emotional well being if it goes wrong. People should also think much more seriously about: Are children a right or a gift? ...read more.

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