Modern Couples Looking to Start a Family Are Turning to IVF – Because They Are Too Busy for Sex
But so many of Christians told me, assured me, when I was growing up – in their magazine articles, books, sermons, and TV shows – that married sex is GREAT and REGULAR! I guess not, judging on news stories like the one below!
Look at how all those reassurances and promises I heard from Christians as I as growing up ended up being false.
(Link): Modern couples looking to start a family are turning to IVF… because they are too busy for sex, experts reveal
by Victoria Allen
Modern couples wanting a baby are turning to IVF – not because they are infertile but because they are too busy to have sex, according to experts.
Couples are advised to try to have sex around every three days to optimise their chances of conceiving.
But the pressure of being ‘always available’, checking emails out of hours and finishing to-do lists has left many people with flagging libidos and little time for passion.
The spare time they do have is often spent watching Netflix, experts fear.
The number of British couples turning to fertility treatment they do not really need simply because they do not have sex often enough to conceive naturally is thought to run into hundreds.
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Couple Who Asked For Female Embryo Sues Fertility Clinic Over Baby Boy
This is a switch. I usually see headlines about fathers angry that their wife gave birth to a girl and not a boy. Here we have a lesbian couple who are upset they had a baby boy.
(Link): Couple Who Asked For Female Embryo Sues Fertility Clinic Over Baby Boy
by Amy Klein
March 27, 2022
Heather Wilhelm-Routenberg said she would only have kids with her wife Robin (Robbie) Routenberg-Wilhelm if they could have girls — because Heather was still traumatized from being sexually assaulted on two different occasions after college.
Heather and Robbie say that CNY fertility clinic in Latham, NY, assured the Buffalo couple it would not be a problem: The lab could determine the sex of any embryo, created using an egg from Robbie and donor sperm, before it was transferred into Heather.
But when Heather was 15 weeks pregnant — having been assured by the clinic that the embryo was female, she says — they found out she was carrying a boy.
The news sent her into a dark depression.
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Family Sues Doctor After DNA Test Shows Adults IVF Baby Isn’t Related to Her Father
(Link): Family Sues Doctor After DNA Test Shows Adults IVF Baby Isn’t Related to Her Father
Feb 3, 2022
By Jesse O’Neill
An Ohio couple claimed a fertility doctor used sperm from a stranger during the 1991 insemination procedure that resulted in the birth of their daughter.
Jeanine and John “Mike” Harvey said they learned their daughter Jessica was not biologically related to her father after a DNA test showed “no genetic relation” between the two, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The Harveys accused Dr. Nicholas Spirtos and Summa Health System of malpractice, negligence and fraud, alleging they failed to “properly collect” and “safeguard” John’s genetic material.
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50-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to First Child: ‘We Wouldn’t Give Up’
(Link): 50-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to First Child: ‘We Wouldn’t Give Up’
Nov 24, 2021
By Ann W. Schmidt
Susie Troxler always wanted to be a mother. Now, at the age of 50, she is.
Troxler gave birth to her first child, Lily, on Sept. 29 at Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“It was so surreal,” Troxler said in a press release from the hospital. “Everything had come together for that moment to happen. It’s hard to wrap our heads around. We’re no longer just husband and wife, we’re ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy.’”
Troxler and her husband Tony, 61, were married in 2008 and tried multiple times to have children at first, naturally. Then, about two years ago, she started in-vitro fertilization treatment and later, egg donation, FOX Television Stations reported.
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Imagine a Future Without Sex by James Lee
(Link): Imagine a Future Without Sex by James Lee
Reproductive technology may lead us to realize too late that being human is better than playing God.
…. All this creates unprecedented ethical challenges in the immediate future. Consider the parents who use IVF to raise their children’s IQ.
If the children repeat the process for another generation, taking advantage of scientific advances during the interim, they could bring the total average gain in the grandchildren north of 10 points—a huge gain.
That advantage could be big enough to give the grandchildren radically disproportionate representation at the highest levels of science, finance, information technology, medicine, law and business.
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Designer Baby Revolution: Can We Outlaw Sexual Reproduction?
(Link): Designer Baby Revolution: Can We Outlaw Sexual Reproduction?
By Cameron English — August 30, 2021
Could governments mandate that we quit reproducing sexually for the sake of public health? It sounds outlandish, but there are prominent thinkers making that case.
Their argument is superficially plausible but ultimately absurd, both for scientific and ethical reasons.
…. However this particular dispute ends, the opposing sides and the underlying point of contention, who controls your body, aren’t going anywhere soon.
The reason is that advances in health care are enabling physicians to identify the genetic underpinnings of serious diseases and take preventative measures before their patients suffer the debilitating effects of these disorders.
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Why I Have Zero Regrets About My Childless Life by C. Zacharek
(Link): Why I Have Zero Regrets About My Childless Life
I’d always wanted babies. Probably. Eventually. Possibly. When I graduated from college, in the early 1980s, friends started having them while I remained happily unencumbered.
Even after I married, family planning was more like having no plan, other than putting it off until later. When I reached the age when I was supposed to be desperate to be a mother–early to mid-30s–I didn’t feel desperate; I only felt unsure.
My sole mistake at the time, I see now, was not trusting that I’d be O.K.–maybe even better than O.K.–with or without a baby.
Today, more and more women are choosing not to have children, and while the stigma hasn’t completely lifted, it’s not what it once was.
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(Link): The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation
by Ashley Fetters
July 9, 2018
“My hope is that people think about how this is more than a transaction,” says one family therapist.
Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and needs a different ingredient than what they’ve currently got to make one, a man with viable sperm swoops in to help.
…As simple a transaction as sperm donation can seem to be, though, some find it to be stressful or isolating—and because assisted reproductive technology is a relatively new, rapidly developing field, the social and emotional challenges that can arise between the participants in a sperm donation are, for many, uncharted.
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Why More Women Are Having Babies at 50 and Beyond
(Link): Why More Women Are Having Babies at 50 and Beyond
….Duckworth [Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill] is expected to deliver her second child a few weeks after she turns 50, a time when many woman expect the end of fertility and the beginning of menopause to be around the corner.
The Senator said she delayed having children to pursue her career and, by the time she was ready, she had to overcome infertility.”The early part of my career, which was also, [like] for most women, your twenties and early thirties, your prime fertility years,” she told ABC station WLS in Chicago, “were also my career-building years.”
She is not alone. Duckworth is among a growing number of women, including celebrities like Janet Jackson and Sophie B. Hawkins, tackling motherhood in their fifties.
Overall birthrates in the United States have been declining for years, reaching a record low in 2016, according to National Bureau of Health Statistics, and provisional data suggests a new low for 2017.
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Womb Transplants Could Allow Men to Have Babies ‘Tomorrow’, Claims Expert
I wonder, do men get the annoying monthly menstrual period to go along with it, which can come with cramps and backaches? *fingers crossed*
What a strange world we’re living in.
(Link): Womb Transplants Could Allow Men to Have Babies ‘Tomorrow’, Claims Expert
by V Fletcher, November 2017
Blokes would not be able to deliver the baby naturally, but could give birth by cesarean
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Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
(Link): Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
Oct 16, 2017
[She was told her eggs were too old or not good enough, so she’d likely not be able to have a kid and the fertility treatment was very expensive and not covered by her insurance]
…Two years later, she remarried. Ms. Bourquin and her husband conceived naturally on the first try. Her doctor was “stunned,” Ms. Bourquin said.
…New research published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores what Ms. Bourquin experienced, and what many fertility experts have already observed: AMH doesn’t dictate a woman’s reproductive potential.
And although AMH testing is one of the most common ways that doctors assess a woman’s fertility — it’s especially important for women struggling with infertility — an AMH value isn’t always telling.
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Single, 54, and a New Dad: Why Some Start Families Late
(Link): Single, 54, and a New Dad: Why Some Start Families Late by A. Ellin
August 5, 2016
SPARKY CAMPANELLA never heard the thrumming of a biological clock. But his “sociological clock” — his sense that he was missing out on something important in life — boomed mightily. At the age of 54, he decided to do something about it. He became a father.
He was single, but so what? “I decided I could either do it myself, or wait for the right partner to come along,” said Mr. Campanella, a Los Angeles fine arts photographer whose son, Rhys, is a little over 1 year old. Over the years he had dated women who had children of their own, but he realized that he didn’t want to be a stepdad.
….It’s a question many childless people over 50 are asking themselves. Of course, dealing with night feedings and rambunctious 2-year-olds are not for the faint of heart. But with their finances in order and their careers in place, with their life spans extended, some older people are concluding: Why not start — or continue — raising children in later life?
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