in

A common medical procedure that is booming in the U.S. but considered controversial in almost every other country, it makes the clinics $500 million a year.


IVF is one of the most controversial medical practices in the world – in large part due to its invasive, exhausting nature and huge cost.

One round will net patients at least $20,000 — a small price to pay for those struggling with fertility issues.

As for the patients, some are same-sex couples, while some are just single and trying to parent on their own.

At the time of writing, 15 states—including California—require insurance plans to cover it, though more often than not, coverage is minimal.

Considered a last resort for those who want to become parents but face obstacles to conception, the treatment is still on the rise — at least in the US.

Pictured is Fertility Institutes in Los Angeles, one of countless clinics around the country that offer IVF. The practice – illegal in most countries – is now hugely popular in the US

In practice, patients choose characteristics such as eye color and the gender of their child before a doctor removes eggs from the ovaries to be fertilized with sperm in the laboratory (see here).

In practice, patients choose characteristics such as eye color and the gender of their child before a doctor removes eggs from the ovaries to be fertilized with sperm in the laboratory (see here).

«The market is the size of the human race,» Jeffrey Steinberg, founder of Fertility Institutes in Los Angeles, said of the popularity of assisted pregnancy.

At his clinic, patients can choose characteristics such as their baby’s eye color when he collects eggs from their ovaries to be fertilized with sperm in the lab.

Participants also get to choose the gender of their baby — a benefit he estimates attracts 85 percent of patients themselves

Recommended Article
Big earthquake hits Vanuatu: 6.2 earthquake hits near Australian neighbor

Slate Tuesday said he’s aggressively marketing the service because numbers on selective IVF for sex selection show it’s making an estimated $500 million a year for clinics across the country.

That represents five percent of the roughly $8 billion that U.S. practices rake in, Steinberg pointed out — citing a seemingly limitless ceiling for growth.

Sharon Moayeri, founder of OC Fertility in Newport Beach, said more of the same, revealing that for many Americans, the ability to choose their gender is a silver lining — in a sea of ​​doubt created by difficulty getting pregnant.

Unlike Steinberg’s, however, her clinic doesn’t heavily promote gender selection, she said — though she estimates that about 15 percent of patients still come in just for the convenience, without any fertility concerns.

«The market is the size of the human race,» Jeffrey Steinberg, founder of the Fertility Institutes, said of the popularity of assisted pregnancy.

A doctor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, meanwhile, said the low number of patients is only coming because of gender selection, but pointed to several cases of parents who, once in the building, are more likely to ask for girls

A doctor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, meanwhile, said the low number of patients is only coming because of gender selection, but pointed to several cases of parents who, once in the building, are more likely to ask for girls

Sharon Moayeri had more to say about the same, revealing that for many Americans, the ability to choose their gender is a kind of silver lining - in the sea of ​​doubt that creates difficulty in getting pregnant.

Sharon Moayeri said more of the same, revealing that for many Americans, the ability to choose their gender is a silver lining — in a sea of ​​doubt created by difficulty getting pregnant.

The founder of OC Fertility in Newport Beach (pictured), her clinic doesn't promote gender selection much, she said — though she estimates that about 15 percent of patients still come in just for the convenience, without any fertility concerns.

The founder of OC Fertility in Newport Beach (pictured), her clinic doesn’t promote gender selection much, she said — though she estimates about 15 percent of patients still come in just for the convenience, without any fertility concerns.

Recommended Article
Tyson Fury's eldest son strikes a pose alongside Oleksandr Usyk just hours before the Gypsy King's undisputed heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia.

A doctor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, meanwhile, said the low number of patients comes simply because of gender selection, but pointed to several cases of parents who, once in the building, are more likely to ask for girls — a phenomenon not unique to Americans , Slate found.

The publication spoke to 15 women and several men who are planning to undergo IVF just to be sure they are conceiving a daughter, sparking debate about the degree of control some parents are trying to exert amid the controversial practice.

Meanwhile, IVF is almost unheard of in countries around the rest of the world – only allowed for everyone in Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, India, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and the US.

Germany, Austria, Italy, UK, Egypt, Saudi Arabia also offer IVF, but only to heterosexual couples, with the UK the only one to allow it for single women.

Additionally, Egypt and Saudi Arabia only practice married couples, forcing single aspiring parents to look elsewhere.

In the US, the opportunity to control a child’s destiny – offered mainly to single mothers, same-sex couples and families with a history of autism – is still somewhat divisive.

In an exclusive poll conducted by DailyMail.com in March, 60 percent of Americans of all ages said the drug should remain legal, while just 12 percent said it should be illegal, according to a poll of 1,000 voters.

In the US, the ability to control a child's destiny - offered mainly to single mothers, same-sex couples and families with a history of autism - is still somewhat divisive.

In the US, the opportunity to control a child’s destiny – offered mainly to single mothers, same-sex couples and families with a history of autism – is still somewhat divisive.

Recommended Article
A law unto itself! Model Iris steals the show in a sheer lace mini dress as she joins Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Diane Kruger at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of The Shrouds.
In an exclusive poll conducted by DailyMail.com in March, 60 percent of Americans of all ages said the drug should remain legal, while just 12 percent said it should be illegal, according to a poll of 1,000 voters.

In an exclusive poll conducted by DailyMail.com in March, 60 percent of Americans of all ages said the drug should remain legal, while just 12 percent said it should be illegal, according to a poll of 1,000 voters.

The highlighted states have laws on the books that state that life begins at conception.  In Louisiana, the intentional disposal or destruction of a human embryo is illegal

The highlighted states have laws on the books that state that life begins at conception. In Louisiana, the intentional disposal or destruction of a human embryo is illegal

In contrast, 27 percent said they didn’t know either way.

Groups with the slimmest majority in favor in vitro fertilization (IVF) were black and Latino, 18- to 29-year-olds, and Republican.

Conversely, people over 65, whites, university students and Democratic voters had the greatest support.

The results come after fertility treatments were thrust into the spotlight last month when an Alabama court ruled that frozen embryos have the same rights as children.

While the Alabama decision did not directly limit IVF, it could open the door to wrongful-death lawsuits for embryos that are discarded.

With the looming threat of prosecution, there are fears that doctors will stop performing IVF, reducing access to an already difficult-to-afford treatment.

Laura Kerwin, a Harvard-educated California psychologist, told Slate, “It’s a money-making industry.

“People need to realize that (the clinics) have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders to make money. They’re trying to sell you an option.”



What do you think?

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

They all started companies. Some from wheelchairs

Overtime work can jeopardize access to services for people with disabilities