Fertility In The News

soap_boxThe news today is full of pregnancy announcements. First off, a huge big fat big up to Celine Dion. I’m not exactly a fan, but I so respect the fact that she’s been open about her battle with infertility, we need more celebrities like her, they have the ability to change the misconceptions that the general public have about this battle. She struggled for 6 years to have her first son and was only able to conceive with the assistance of a fertility specialist, I’m thinking with a battle that long she probably conceived using IVF. Then this morning I heard the announcement that she’s pregnant with her second child also via the use of fertility treatment. Actually on the radio they announced that she was pregnant via the use of a “frozen ovary” but I’m assuming they meant, a frozen embryo transfer? This got me quite excited, I know I shouldn’t do it, but I look for signs and I took this as a sign. There have been so many pregnancy announcements of late coming from FET’s that I really hope it bodes well for me!

The second pregnancy story in the news just makes me really really angry! I’m sure everyone has read the headline now: Tunisian Woman Expecting TWELVE babies! For starters, they don’t actually state what type of fertility treatment was used, but whatever treatment was used, how completely irresponsible of her Dr! If they did a stimmed IUI why was the treatment not canceled when they discovered so many follicles? Or at least converted to an IVF. If it was from an IVF, then what Dr puts back so many embryo’s??? All that stories like this do is add further sensationalization of fertility treatment. There are already enough people out there lobbying against IVF treatments and there are already countries which have past legislation making it illegal for an RE to put back more than one embryo during an IVF which, in my mind must surely have an impact on the chances of success. Stories like this simply add fuel to the fire and a blanket of irresponsibility gets thrown over all of us undering IVF when in fact the finger of blame should be pointed directly at the irresponsible Dr’s that perfom such treatments without any consideration of the implications of transferring so many embryo’s. It not only infuriates me because all of us under going IVF have to deal with the repercussions of such sensationalization but it saddens me that this couple, who are currently counting there blessings may very well have to face the possibility of loosing some, if not all of their babies due to the complications of such a high multiple pregnancy.

Ok, I’ll be climbing off my soap box now!

August 19, 2009
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11 Comments

  • Reply Sian

    I am so with you!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Abbey

    Makes me so mad that patients & Doctors can be so ignorant and irresposible. Those poor babies have such little hope. It’s very sad.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:20 am
  • Reply CalT

    Makes me so mad too!
    I’m holding thumbs for you all the way with your FET!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Joni

    Me too, Shaz!! Holding thumbs & dusting off the pink lycra that your FET will be successful!!

    As for the 12 babies, I MEAN EFFIN REALLY!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    I agree. What an irresponsible, idiotic doctor! We are not designed to have 12 babies at a time! I will be surprised if any of those babies reaches a viable age to survive! Idiotic doctor!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Gillian_L

    I just wanted to say, that the news report I read said that no fertility tratment was used for the tunisian woman, although I do find this hard to believe, I also feel that an open mind should be kept.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    I see she has been named a fraudster now…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/6053662/Tunisian-woman-who-claimed-to-be-expecting-12-babies-exposed-as-a-fraud.html

    The lengths some people go to!

    August 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Ok, so this woman is clearly a nut job who was after some money?? I still feel that these types of sensationalized news stories show IVF in a negative light.

    August 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Lea White

    I think these sensationalised stories are really sad. If it does indeed turn out to be remotely true (which it seems a bit unlikely now), then I think her doctor is an idiot, an absolute idiot. But it does seem this person is after a bit of attention and money and that is just plain disgusting that they can take something like this to try and get a little bit of attention.

    Sharon, I pray very very had that your magic moment is about to happen for you!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply SassyCupcakes

    I’m so tired of the crazy infertility treatment stories in the media. It is so misleading.

    P.S. I love your blogs new look. Orange is so uplifting and refreshing.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:05 am
  • Reply Kristin

    I’m glad the Celine Dion story is so uplifting for you. I hope your FET is a raging success.

    That other story is just sad. And, what the hell is up with the lack of media responsibility. Why did they even report it if the story is so patently false?

    August 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm
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