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Infertility Treatment Coursework What is infertility, and what are the treatments available? Infertility is the inability to have children, barren. There are many, many reasons why this could occur in the human body. Anything from blocked fallopian tubes, to having no fallopian tubes. Infertility is becoming much more of a problem in the western world. It is estimated that around 10% of British couples have fertility problems. However, as medical technology is progressing, there are now many options available for people facing such circumstances. The most commonly known of these treatments is IVF, in-vitro fertilisation. This is when a woman's egg is removed, and is manually fertilised using either the husband's sperm or the sperm from a donor. Once fertilised, the egg is replaced into the woman's womb where it is left to develop. IVF has an average success rate of around 20%, but it depends a lot on many, many factors. ...read more.


After the birth, the child is handed over to the husband and wife. What are the Christian and Jewish views to these treatments? Roman Catholics believe that God intended children to be conceived as a part of sex. Therefore, they believe that all forms of embryo technology are wrong. One reason why they are against surrogacy and AID, is because the Catholics believe that a child has the right to know who it's parents are, but with these options that is prohibited. They also believe that all forms of fertility treatment that involve the man masturbating (IVF, AIH) are wrong because that is a Catholic sin. They are against IVF because some of the woman's eggs will get thrown away or used for other purposes, which they believe is the same as abortion. Paragraph 2376 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, shows these views very distinctly. "Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. ...read more.


Adoption is widely encouraged by all Christians to those experiencing problems. Having children is important to the Jewish religion. The reason for this is to preserve the Jewish faith. With nobody to pass on the teachings, beliefs and way of life, the Jewish religion would fade out. Because of this reason, all Jews believe that IVF and AIH should be available to those experiencing fertility problems. IVF is only accepted as long as both egg and sperm come from the couple, and not a donor. Jews believe that a child has the right to know who it's natural parents are. Orthodox Jews do not allow AID, surrogacy and IVF involving a donor. This is because of the fact that a child should be able to know where it has come from, and also they believe that the true, biological mother passes on Jewishness. Reform Jews, who try to keep up with the ever-increasing technology of the modern world, allow all forms of fertility treatment. Conservative Jews allow all types of fertility treatments, but they are controversial about the idea of surrogate motherhood. ...read more.

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