IVF: Modern miracle or risky procedure?. Outline. What is IVF ? Feminist and non-feminist responses to IVF IVF as context-specific Accounting for treatment failure . What is IVF?. In-vitro Fertilisation A laboratory procedure A process of assisted conception
HFEA = Human Fertility and
27% providing 2 cycles
5% providing 3
3 PCTs not providing any
Source: 2008 Interim Report on NHS Infertility Provision
Required to provide semen on demand
May be invasive collection
‘IVF only makes life more difficult… I would have had to accept it a long time ago if it weren’t for IVF. At twenty-eight I could have either gone for adoption or accepted my situation so I’d be five years down the line towards that and getting on with my life. Now you’re in a better position to do that when you’re twenty-eight than when you’re thirty-eight. If you’ve missed all your career boats and burned all your career bridges because you’ve spent the last ten years chasing fruitless treatment you’ve actually missed out a lot on life’.
(Beth Carter in Franklin, 1997, pp. 177-8)
‘To start with we felt a bit unsure and the idea of having to have IVF took getting used to. We were hit quite hard emotionally. I thought it was going to work first time so it was a shock when it didn't… When you are trying for a baby it takes all the spontaneity out of sex so it is quite a strain. We would get quite excited when having the embryos replaced and then feel utterly despondent when it didn't work. But we worked through it giving each other support. In many ways it brought us closer together’.
Caroline and Andrew, daughter Adelaide born following 4th IVF cycle, Testimony on HFEA web-site