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					Karla Brooks 9Z 2010 - Reproduction Task



  INTERVIEW (a patient that needed the assistance of
       reproductive technology to have a child)

Q: How did you deal with the realization that you need the assistance of reproductive
technology to have a child?

A: A few years ago I had suffered from infertility. After a year of unprotected intercourse I
was still unable to conceive. Although I was upset about this situation I did not want to
adopt or choose to remain childless. My husband and I wanted a child of our own so we got
assistance of reproductive technology. We went through to see what type of treatment was
best for my situation of infertility. I chose to go with the in vitro fertilization (IVF) so that my
child will get both mine and my husband’s cells to reproduce.



Q: What were the types of treatment you could have chosen from?

A: There were many treatments that I could have chosen from the assistance of
reproductive technology (ART). The types of treatment that suited me that I could have
chosen from are:

    -   Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
    -   Ovulation induction
    -   In vitro fertilization (IVF)
    -   Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
    -   Sperm donation
    -   Egg donation
    -   Embryo donation
    -   Gestational surrogacy

Ovulation induction was one of my possible procedures that I could have chosen from. I
would have to take different medications for this to help my infertility problem. This
stimulates my ovary to produce one or more eggs.

Intrauterine insemination was also one of the possible techniques to treat my infertility. It
treats many infertility problems and is commonly used. It is medication that increases the
amount of sperm when it enters the egg.



Q: What were the advantages of the treatment suitable for you?

A: There are many advantages of the treatment of infertility that I have chosen.
Karla Brooks 9Z 2010 - Reproduction Task


In vitro fertilization:

    -   Is the most commonly used procedures
    -   My egg will be combined with my husband’s sperm so the child will have our genes
    -   It will be done in a dish in a laboratory so it is safe
    -   There will be no long-term problems for my child being conceived by IVF

Ovulation:

    -   It calculates the days of the month you are most likely to get pregnant
    -   It is safe

Intrauterine insemination:

    -   It is a quick procedure
    -   It is a very commonly used treatment
    -   It has low count or decreased motility of the sperm
    -   It allows the sperm to go around the cervical barrier



Q: What were the disadvantages of the treatment suitable for you?

A: There can be some disadvantages when it comes to in vitro fertilization such as:

    -   I have a higher chance of getting twins or triplets
    -   One in four couples who have had successful IVF treatment have twins
    -   It can increase my risk of having a miscarriage
    -   If I have a fertility drug I could have some side effects
    -   I have to be careful I don’t get ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS)
    -   It can increase my chances on getting ovarian cancer later in life
    -   An embryo can implant in a fallopian tube or my abdominal cavity

Ovulation:

    -   If I took the birth control pill you can only have sex on your menstrual cycle
    -   I would have to keep detailed records of your menstrual cycle

Intrauterine insemination:

    -   This treatment can be painful for the women
    -   My ovaries could respond too well to the fertility drugs used to encourage ovulation
    -   My ovaries could have quickly swelled up



Q: By having that treatment, what morals and ethical concerns did you have?
Karla Brooks 9Z 2010 - Reproduction Task


A: There are many ethical concerns and morals with these three treatments. IVF is now
clearly accepted by most of the population and therefore the ethical concerns are changing.
It used to be hard to find treatments for women or same sex couples a few years ago but
now it is easily possible.

Pope Benedict XVI stated in June 2006,

“The human being has the right to be generated, not produced, to come to life not in virtue
of an artificial process but of a human act in the full sense of the term: the union between a
man and a woman”.



Q: How did that relate to societal influences?

A: The IVF treatment and other treatments (Ovulation and Intrauterine insemination) also
put a social impact on the people being treated. The treatments are high costs and it will
require some research. Some people are childless and want children but the treatment is
not easy for them to take the treatments needed and it can cause destruction of the
embryos.

Q: What was your end result?

A: I think that my husband and I have made a good decision choosing the in vitro
fertilization as it helps us have more chances of getting pregnant and a fertilized egg. It does
not affect the child in any way and it still is our child. It is safe and worked out perfectly for
my husband and me.




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