Biology Assignment: In Vitro Fertilization

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Biology Assignment Pt2 Case study IVF is a relatively new procedure that makes it possible for couples who are infertile to have children. The procedure dates back to 1978 when the first IVF baby was born on July 25. IVF is used to overcome and treat many infertility issues woman face in today’s society and with 1 in every 6 Australian couples being infertile it is an important process for many people wanting kids. IVF which stands for in Vitro Fertilization is a process in which the egg is fertilised out of the body. It is done by collecting the sperm from a donor and is placed into a tray containing the eggs, or if that fails in some cases it may be injected directly into the egg. The fertilized egg is then placed into the uterine cavity.…show more content…
Before IVF is readily available to people the price point will have to be much more affordable to the average couple. In Australia IVF costs $9155, With the success of IVF only being about 50% the cost of this treatment can simply be too much for most couples to afford. Especially because the average age Australian woman have children is 27.9 which is when many couples are starting out, paying off a house or may not yet have a high paying job. On the contrary to this at the age of 35 it is more likely that the babies could have a chromosome disorder like down syndrome, as well as this the older mothers decide to have kids the higher chance of a miscarriage there is. At the moment the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK have said that all woma under the age of 40 should have access to three IVF cycles if they have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years, or they have not been able to get pregnant after 12 artificial insemination cycles. As it stands in Australia there are no options for couples to get IVF treatment on Healthcare, this means that only those who can afford it have access to the

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