public aid, and donations, maintaining a livelihood with this size brood would
be nearly impossible. So why do couples pay out thousands of dollars to
fertility drug companies in the hopes of becoming mired in this sort of
situation? The draw of having one perfect child is overwhelming to couples
who are unable to produce any naturally.
A tiny sliver of the people who subject themselves to all the poking,
prodding, and injecting of fertility drugs actually find themselves pregnant.
Couples who have the desire (and the cash) to become pregnant can choose
from an ever-widening variety of pills, shots, and procedures. Costs for
the federal government.
Even with the elimination of the ethical aspects of this topic it is a
to ?eliminate? so the others can have more breathing room?
themselves unable to have a baby could be extremely lucky and become
pregnant with the first cycle of fertility drugs; keeping medical costs under
a couple of thousand dollars, none of which is usually paid for by insurance
companies. If they find themselves with the unlucky many, costs can
skyrocket to upwards of $15,000 – $60,000 depending on the methods used.
Fertility doctors don?t come cheap and the medicine ranges from $25 a pill
to $1500 for each injection, even as high as $10,000 for in vitro
Having intimate contact with your spouse becomes a ?chart planning?
and some dissolve from the stress of schedules, charts, and ?timed sexual
encounters?. Couples reassuringly remind each other that the final result will
be worth the headaches, all the while realizing that the success rates of
fertility drugs only range between 10-18% with a few clinics boasting 20%.
In some cases such as the inability to produce mature eggs, the first
injection stimulates the ovaries to produce the eggs. Daily ultrasounds check
the progress, and when it is clear the first injection worked, the second is
given to release them. If many eggs drop or ?spawn? at once the doctor
abstains from sex for a while. By this time couples have spent so much
flurry of getting pregnant.
If they end up pregnant with several viable zygotes doctors
giving a lethal injection to a few of the developing babies to increase the
It is at this point that advocates of controls on fertility drugs
recommend that doctors be required NOT to give the 2nd injection. If they
can see the problem approaching, why should they go ahead and cause it?
Withholding the 2nd injection results in no eggs being released for
Having multiple births is hard on everyone involved. The risks for the
mother are huge, and involve being bed ridden for up to 10 weeks. She could
between ovarian cancer and fertility drugs. The uterus could rupture from
is immense. Many times multiple births result in the death of the littlest
baby, and that is traumatic to any mother.
The babies have much more to lose. They could be lucky enough to b
born healthy, but more likely than not, they will be born premature and will
learning disorders. Think about being just ?one of the quads?. Identity
problems plague many of the existing multiples.
The stress of fertility drugs have far reaching effects. In a much
publicized case in 1996, a British woman who was pregnant with octuplets
insisted on giving birth to all of them instead of reducing the load as doctors
requested. She ended up losing all the babies in the 20th week. (Washington
from the parents. Let?s face it, the McCaughey?s cannot honestly say that
they spend quality time with each and every one of those babies. They used
to employ close to a dozen personal nannies to help with the babies growth.
All right, so they were volunteers, but still…
This cannot be all negative, so I will give some other resources which
available to council hopeful parents. Fertility drugs are not a good idea for
the mother or the baby.
1. ?The Octuplet Question? by Claudia Kalb. Newsweek, Jan. 11, 1999
3. ?Octuplets Aren?t the Only At-Risk Babies? by Abigail Trafford.
Washington Post, Jan. 18, 1999.