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What does the future hold for fertility treatments?

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What does the future hold for fertility treatments?

The Bump Expert

Fertility experts continue to amaze us with dramatic improvements in treatments and technologies. With research and development moving so quickly, advancements that were thought to be pure fiction a generation ago are now well-established medical doctrine. Scientists continue to study the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility with the hopes of helping most anyone who wants to conceive a healthy baby realize their dreams.

Fewer twins and triplets
One key area you’re likely to see in the near future is the reduction in rates of multiple pregnancies. As doctors get better and better at in vitro fertilization, more are picking just one embryo to transplant, rather than two, three or more.

More donors and surrogates
You’re also likely to see more couples consider third-party reproduction (using someone else’s eggs and/or sperm and a surrogate to carry it all), which doctors say is an excellent option for women who aren’t able to maintain a successful pregnancy.

Selecting baby’s looks
In a stroke of Brave New World science, you can also expect to see more extensive tests of embryos. In the past couple of years, doctors have developed methods of testing for all of an embryo’s chromosomes simply by removing a few of its cells. It’s likely we’ll start to see more parents choose not only gender but also eye and hair color.

The end of infertility
We may even see stem cell research taking us to a new place where normal eggs and sperm can be created from skin cells or other cells in the body, essentially eliminating the idea of infertility altogether. But that, for better or worse, is still a ways off.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Should you consider IUI?

How Much Fertility Treatments Cost

Fertility Treatment Basics

Samuel Wood, MD, reproductive endocrinologist and medical director, The Reproductive Sciences Center, San Diego

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I'm confused about what "selecting baby's looks" has to do with infertiity treatments. Selecting a baby's looks is not a treatment for the 1 in 8 (1 in 6 according to some statistics) couples battling infertility.

BeeBee08 |

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The title of this article is inappropriate. There is nothing weird about infertility. Past, present, or future. Poor choice of words on the authors part.

rockpaperlove |

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Your title is offensive to me and likely offensive to many other infertile couples who read it on your main page today. There is nothing weird about any of the fertility treatments mentioned in this article as your title suggests. Which are the "weird" ones exactly? Using the term "weird" keeps the topic of IF and associated treatments taboo and I think it's sad that the Bump, of all places, continues to promote this kind of thinking. I spend so much of my time educating people about the beautiful options available to couples who were not selected for the traditional path to parenthood. Donor sperm/eggs/embryos is a beautiful option. And in my opinion, any option that a couple uses to build a family is beautiful, not weird, and should never be labeled as such. Please stop promoting ignorance and shame on this important and sensitive topic. Infertility treatments are my normal, and to 1 out of 8 couples, it's their normal too.

liz4paws |

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As someone who's gone through many lengths to get to have a child of her own, I'm dismayed and disappointed that The Bump would choose to use the word "weird" in an infertility article. Besides being poorly written overall, it is factually incorrect about testing a baby's chromosomes. We've had test done in effort to avoid a 5th miscarriage, not to select our baby's looks or sex, both of which are offensive suggestions. In fact, many clinics where they do total chromosomal testing will not tell you your baby's sex, our clinic doesn't. I don't think that infertile couples appreciate being called "weird." We're grateful and thankful and humbled to have such technological advances be able to hopefully bring us the family we've wanted. That's what everyone here wants. That's not weird.

BzeetyD |

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Are you kidding me? This article is an inflammatory piece of garbage, and the title is highly offensive. Infertility treatments are now weird? As for the Brave New World ridiculous suggestion, there is such a huge technological gap between counting chromosomes to prevent trisomies, and something like selecting hair and eye color, which isn't even possible under current technology, as those are not not genetic traits that are linked to a single gene for which one could select, even if there was a desire. Yet your article states that it's "likely we’ll start to see more parents choose" such options? Quit feeding into unfounded stereotypes and paranoias. Couples that are using genetic testing in conjunction with infertility treatments have histories of loss or terrible family genetic conditions, and want to make sure they do what they can to have a child that is born alive and can live a full life. To suggest otherwise is disgusting and done solely for the purposes of inciting unfounded hysteria and paranoia in uneducated readers. Further, most clinics in the US will not offer IVF with PGD for the purposes of gender selection alone, or if they do, it's for sex-linked genetic disorders. I'm appalled at the word choice in this article, and I hope the entire article is removed from your site.

PurpleIris30 |

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I find it highly offensive that the bump would even allow an article that depicts Infertility treatment as weird onto their site! I'm going through a very extreme form of infertility treatments, does that make me weird? This is where I come to for support and community, I don't need to read this trash and be called names!

LittleLady77 |

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To use the word weird when speaking of ART and suggesting that couples will be able to choose physical characteristics of their childern is offensive and feeds into the "Franken-Baby" stereotypes that have plagued the IF community since its inception. The remarkable ability for doctors to be able to screen for genetic abnormalities is something that should be celebrated, not considered strange or unusual. As a proponent of an online support community for all things baby, including conception and IF, I would think you could have chose your words more wisely and not trivialized the lengths that some couples have been forced to go to to be able to have their dream of having children realized.

twistsandturnsto2 |

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As part of the infertile community, I am so deeply offended by this article. This is supposed to be a supportive community and referring to anything related to infertility as "weird" just continues the negative and uneducated sterotypes. These treatments aren't weird to those that need them, it becomes a part of life. And things like pgs/PGD aren't intended for picking hair color. Its intended to help find chromosomally normal embryos or to avoid genetic disease. You really missed the boat, the bump.

megs3084 |

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In what world, pray tell, is "selecting a baby's looks" a treatment for infertility?! Even with "weird" removed from the title, this article is offensive, misleading, and can only serve bolster the stigma against couples experiencing infertility. The Bump needs to retract this piece and apologize to the IF community!

BlueEyedDreamer |

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Thanks for continuing to use ignorance and increase the stigma by those of us who struggle with infertility. Believe me, I did not spend tens of thousands of dollars to get pregnant with a child of a specific eye color or gender. So many couples struggle with this and your article only helps to distance them from those who are lucky enough to conceive naturally. An apology would be nice.

moonaggie |

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WOW BUMP!!!! And here I thought I was part of a community who understood what it is like going through infertility treatments and was here to educate people not poke fun at them. I have found a ton of great resources on this site but this article by far is the biggest piece of garage I have found on the net so far. You need to pull this story and make your apologizes.

jzab24 |

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This is ridiculous. This website has been such a source of support for me and others like me going through infertility. To think that the whole time your writers thought that the expensive and painful treatments I have gone through over the past two years were "weird" really hurts. I will no longer be active on this website. I suggest that this post be removed.

andy71781 |

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As a participant in PGS testing, I have to spend a lot of my time clarifying to people that we are not choosing character traits of our future child. By doing PGS testing we are hoping to avoid a 5th miscarriage. I guess that makes me weird. To the author if this "article" - why don't you pop over to the IF group some time and read our weird posts and talk to the rest of us weirdos. Maybe next time you'll write a better informed "article".

Josiecat |

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Offensive title from a Source that should be more sensitive. There is nothing weird about searching to overcome infertility.

amb2013 |

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I have gone through IVF and used both PGS (for chromosome testing, to avoid miscarriage) and PGD (to avoid passing on an x-linked genetic disorder). I am offended at the idea that your writers would think anything about my situation is "wierd." I am also irked at the idea that you think couples with infertility or people who are seeking advanced reproductive technologies for genetic reasons would go through all of that simply to test for trivial items such as hair and eye color. People undergoing IVF have often tried for years to become pregnant - selecting hair and eye color are the least of their concerns. As far as I know, that's not possible anyway. If/when it is, I would be shocked to hear of an IVF couple rejecting an embryo due to eye color (genes can't just be replaced to "select" for eye color). Give me a break. We are talking about HEALTH and well-being. We are trying to have a healthy baby, and there is nothing WIERD about that. Have your writers keep their opinions to themselves in the future...this is just plain insensitive and offensive.

RosyGlow |

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Absolutely a poor choice of title for an article relating to infertility, and poor information on top of it! Ugh. This is why people who are not going through treatments are so misinformed, articles like this! Stop spreading misinformation!

stinkerbell6879 |

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Weird? Are you telling me that when my daughter comes into this world she will be considered weird? What is so weird about ART? That is so offensive and simple minded! Do you realize the heartbreak so many couples face just for the chance to do what comes easily for other couples and here you are considering it weird? As a woman who did PGD testing I can assure you I did not get to pick eye color, height, build or any other physical characteristic. All I wanted to achieve is a pregnancy that would redt in a healthy baby to take home. Your article is ignorant at best!

PrettyAccountant |

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Ditto to what previous posters have said. The title of this article is very offensive to those of us going through IF treatments. It's a difficult enough process as it is, we don't need The Bump telling us our treatments are "weird".

Sharon216 |

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Way to alienate those 1 in 8 women experiencing infertility, bump. Like we don't experience enough isolation and ignorance, we get this crap from you? FFS.

lisabugg444 |

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For a website with built-in access to a wide community of women experiencing infertility, I expected better. This article doesn't give accurate or useful information about the reality of living with infertility or the treatments available. It is also fairly offensive in the assumptions it makes about where IF treatment is going. I appreciate the bump providing a forum for women living with IF to connect. I do NOT appreciate material like this being presented as useful information.

LuClo |

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I am very offended by the use of the word "weird" in this title. Many couples struggling with infertility (a real disease) come to the the bump for support while searching for a cure. What on earth is weird about someone looking for a cure? Reproductive Endocrinologists use cutting edge medicine and scientific techniques that are from other well accredited institutions long before anyone in the mainstream ever hears of such things. Maybe you should use the word "cutting-edge". There any many sites to help support people dealing with infertility. I'd rather seek support from a site that doesn't view me, my struggle, or my doctors treatments as "weird."

poohniki |

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If you knew the things that people going through infertility have to deal with, I doubt that you would label infertility treatments as "weird". "Revolutionary" or "Miraculous" would be better choices. The implication that infertility treatment to "choose not only gender but also eye and hair color" is not only ignorant but also a harmful misconception of the IF community. Couples dealing with genetic disorders need pre-implantation genetic screen to have a chance at a healthy child. These misconceptions are the reason that some countries won't even allow such screenings and spreading them on sites like the Bump does not do anything to further knowledge and foster understanding. Please consider removing this article from the Bump. There is a very active and intelligent community of women dealing with IF on this site and this article is an insult to them and all they have been through.

Margritli |

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As someone suffering 2+ years through infertility, thank you so much for continuing to help isolate already lonely groups of women and propagating the idea that IF is weird. Also, it is NOT likely that in a few years we'll be able to choose our baby's looks in IVF. Most of us would just like a successful IVF with any one of our lucky embryos that survive. Poor choice, TB. Not surprised as most of what you "publish" is garbage. But still disappointing nevertheless.

katekat8721 |

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I agree with all the previous comments...labeling any ART treatments as "weird" makes those of us struggling to conceive more alienated than we almost always already feel. A website dedicated to women who are now or are trying to become pregnant should know better. And I further agree with the position that the information presented is not even accurate. Genetic testing on embryos now is really limited to isolating deleterious genetic misinformation in order to prevent further infertility heartache by adding a miscarriage into the mix, or forcing a couple who has already been handed the short end of the stick to make a gut-wrenching decision about the future for an unhealthy baby. Shame on you, bump for publishing such garbage!

Ecarabeo217 |

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The title of this article is disgusting and the amount of misinformation is shocking. The previous comments say it all. As a mother to a beautiful baby girl born via IVF, I take great offense to this. I'm embarrassed on behalf of the author.

PennyLane26 |

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jreynault |

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As a woman who battled IF for 2.5 years before finally conceiving my twin daughters through ART, I find this title absolutely disgusting. There is nothing "weird" about ART. It is beyond offensive to label ART as "weird." And the amount of "information" in this "article" is extremely misleading. Parents are not selecting the SEX (NOT gender) of their babies because they want a certain set of genitalia. They are selecting that based on whether or not they carry genetic diseases/conditions that will result in the death of all of their boy or girl babies. And don't get me started on "designer" babies - the idea that mom and dad will only choose to transfer blonde haired, blue eyed embryos. ALL of us dealing with infertility want one thing and one thing only - a healthy baby. Bump, you should be embarrassed for posting garbage like this.

Happy_Yahoo_Personaler |

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Again--this title is completely inappropriate. There is nothing weird about using science to conceive a child.

IFinTN |

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Seriously? Weird is not a word anyone should ever use when it comes to infertility!!

SweetieShellieH |