Acc. English III
5 May 2014
Fertility: A Right to Take From No One
As a society, the world wants to fix its problems, especially when it comes to the future population of the world. While many people have no second thoughts on infertility, a fare percentage of the population bares the ghastly side effects of this. However, in recent years, new techniques have been designed to relieve families of this burden. Fertility treatments have a miracle effect on many couples that suffer from a variety of injuries or illness. The following facts and scenarios such as male infertility, women infertility, and how the treatment works showcase the key justifications that prove why all fertility treatments should be allowed.
Although infertility is normally blamed on the woman, recent studies prove that it is just as much a male problem as well. We know this is a problem based on the fact that, “fatherhood is made possible by science,. . . to overcome the 40 percent of infertility problems due to the ‘male factor’” (Whitlow, 1). For example, there are many things that can go wrong with a male’s genitals. They could have a low sperm count or get cancer. Before he undergoes surgery and loses his abilities, sperm can be extracted for later reproduction. One also finds that many males suffer from varicocele. “This condition causes dilation of the veins and increased blood supply in the testicles, leading to a spike in temperature and damage to the sperm” (Macgruder 4). She also goes on to mention other fertility problems among men such as: immunological factors, anatomical defects, blocked tubes, and hormonal factors. The modern pregnancy methods make all defects able to overcome. Hence, no one should miss out on a miracle if they do not want to.
On the contrary, women still obtain certain disorders the cause pregnancy and fertilization to fail also. The inability to get what you want can increase depression amongst a family. Janie MacGruder confirms this when she states,
One in six U.S. couples suffers infertility, a disease of the reproductive system that impairs conception and equally affects men and women. It’s defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sex ( six months if the woman is older than 35 ) or to carry a pregnancy to live birth.
The journey of infertility breeds sadness, desperation, isolation, anger, jealousy, frustration, feelings of worthlessness, guilt and depression. It can kill marriages and friendships and ruin lives.
Artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization can make a difference in all of the “one out of six U.S. couples”. Macgruder also goes on to give examples of how the woman causes failed fertilization such as: tubal factors, endometriosis, and ovulatory disorders. Even though a woman is aware of her biological clock, Kate Lunau clarifies that the dip in fertility is not after 35 like most people think. She says, “in reality, it happens between 25 and 29”...