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Should reproductive hormones be used to alter fertility?

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Should reproductive hormones be used to alter fertility? There may be many different reasons why a person might want to use reproductive hormones. Two of the main reasons could be to increase their fertility or to control it. There are also many risks/ side effects which might occur when using the hormones The natural method of reproduction has become only one of many new techniques used today. There are millions of couples that do not have the ability to reproduce on their own because of infertility and therefore, must resort to these new techniques. The main causes of infertility are that of hormonal malfunctions and anatomical abnormalities. There are many ethical debates on whether artificial means of reproduction should be used I do not think that fertility drugs should be used to increase fertility. As they have many side effects, for example, clomid is a mild ovarian stimulant that can cause headaches nausea and breast tenderness, which often can not be predicted, however I do believe everyone has the right to have a child so therefore I think that the holistic approach can be taken. The holistic approach does not use synthetic hormones and mess with the bodies' natural system. "This approach utilises complementary therapies to improve the results of high-tech care - or uses minimally invasive diagnostic techniques to improve the results of complementary care. ...read more.


It is not fair on the person having the treatment. There are also some religious reasons as many cultures do not believe in using drugs to alter a person's fertility and they believe that it is god's way and that if you can not have a child naturally you should not have a child by using drugs. Another example on when reproductive hormones are used to control fertility. I believe that hormones should be used to alter fertility in this example but the person using the hormones needs to careful. These types of reproductive hormones do not have as strong side effects as reproductive hormones used to increase fertility. The contraceptive pill is made from synthetic hormones made in a factory. There are long lists of side effects which may occur when taking the pill some of the most common ones are weight gain, cancer risks and blood clots. Doctors believe that when the risks and benefits are compared they think that they do more good than harm. When using hormones for contraception there are many undesirable side effects which occur, "for example in recent years the proportion of oestrogen which is being used has decreased quite a lot as it can cause a increased risk of thrombosis. " Mary Jones and Geoff Jones, Advanced biology, Cambridge university press, New York. There are many other hormonal contraceptives with side effects. ...read more.


If embryos are frozen, the average will be 15-20 percent lower." However many ideal circumstances need to be met for these statistics to be made possible. So it is very difficult to get the results mentioned above. Cost of this technology are high, the costs of the actual embryo transfer are relatively low but the costs of labour and fees costs are high as normal healthy cows are kept out of production to be used as recipients. However when production is higher costs are lower as it is spread over more cows. In conclusion I believe that everyone has the right to have a baby but I think that a holistic approach should be taken rather than reproductive hormones as this a more natural way. When you are taking the hormones you are interfering with the body's natural ways, many people do not believe in this and think that it should be left to natural way. Adoption is also another alternative and has many social problems which affect a person decision to choose fertility over adoption. I think that hormones should be used in contraception as they have less serious side effects than the ones used for increasing fertility and everyone has the right to choose if they want a baby and how they choose to conceive the baby. I do think though that reproductive hormones should be used to help with the reproduction. ...read more.

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