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Fertility industry breeds infertility


A SURVEY has found that almost half of young women would consider freezing their eggs with a view to starting a family in the future, with a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds concerned about their fertility.

It seems unlikely that they had been told about the low rates of success for test-tube conception, and the exact details of how their eggs would be ‘retrieved’, with the serious risk of ovarian overstimulation, said to have affected nearly 800 women over the last five years.

However, they may have been influenced by a study last year warning that ‘egg freezing brings no help to 90 per cent of women who opt for it, with the vast majority . . . leaving it too late’. Experts suggest that to have a good chance of pregnancy those in their late 30s would need to freeze around 30 eggs at a cost of about £15,000. Fewer than one in three who opt for egg freezing do so before age 35, when it is most likely to succeed; however this age group is also most likely to succeed in conceiving the natural way – which costs nothing at all and holds no risk of ovarian overstimulation.

Instead of finding the right partner and conceiving naturally, young women are now encouraged by the false hope of conceiving unnaturally at some future date. The fertility industry, posing as the saviour of women, is selling the false idea that babies can be bought, thus creating the infertility from which they profit. Perhaps it is time to rename itself ‘the infertility industry’. Not so much an industry, more an expensive and heart-breaking confidence trick.

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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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