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Please Explain: In Vitro Fertilization

Friday, August 09, 2013

Ten to 15% of couples experience infertility, and assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization can help couples conceive. We’re finding out how IVF works and what new ways are being developed to reduce the incidence of debilitating and life-threatening mitochondrial diseases. Joining us: Dr. Mark Sauer, chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and program director for the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care at Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Michio Hirano, chief of the neuromuscular disease division and co-director of the Adult Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic at Columbia University Medical Center. 

Guests:

Dr. Michio Hirano and Dr. Mark Sauer

Comments [10]

@ Ed from Larchmont (08:10 AM): Thanks for being a rare voice of decency and sanity here.

Aug. 09 2013 01:58 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd hope that the advice on prenatal vitamins goes along w/advice to eat a healthy diet in general.

The reason high doses of fat-soluble vitamins are a problem is that these types of vitamin stay in the body longer, so if the level is too high, it takes too long to go down.

Aug. 09 2013 01:56 PM

Related: July 23rd "A Look at the Fertility Industry"
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2013/jul/23/look-fertility-industry/

A number of germane and even cogent comments there.

Aug. 09 2013 01:55 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Can eggs & sperm intended for IVF by couples who want to avoid passing on genes for diseases be screened before fertilization to detect & eliminate those genes?

Aug. 09 2013 01:48 PM
Catherine from Weston, CT

Seems to me there is a lot of focus on the biological worth of children in our culture. When I was 30 my husband and I tried for years to have a child and did all of the new technology at the time. Ultimately, we adopted our son who is now 17. What is still a mystery probably to the medical field is the fact that we then 2 years after adoption had a biological child without any help.

Aug. 09 2013 01:45 PM
Ron from Manhattan

How dangerous and how possible is it for 2 late 40's individual's, male and female, to have a baby the old fashioned way? What's the percentage chance of success?

Aug. 09 2013 01:41 PM
John A

Anybody working to create genetic combination of two male or two female parents? (Not for me, but I'm sure the desire for such exists.)

Aug. 09 2013 01:38 PM
M from NYC

The RadioLab guys say there is something like a "Green Room" in the F-tubes where sperm can hang out for DAYS before actual ovulation. That means couples should or could have sex even days PRIOR to ovulation? Is this true? Tks.

Aug. 09 2013 01:37 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Can you ask your guest if and when it will be possible to produce babies in factories?

Aug. 09 2013 12:10 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Some criticize the Vatican for acting slowly, not fast enough - when IV was introduced the Vatican condemned it within one week. One issue is the loss of embryos who are conceived and allowed to die (many thousands are still in freezers).

Another reason is that it strikes at the dignity of the human being - a human being has a right to know that they are the result of a loving act of total self-gift between a man and a woman. This also gives rootedness in the world. The intervention of technicians in this situation is inappropriate.

Also it makes the child into a commodity, not a gift.

I recommend NAPRO technology to couples suffering from infertility - it's natural, often quite effective, costs much less, and treats the woman (and man) as a whole. Remember the older couples in the Bible who have children.

Aug. 09 2013 08:10 AM

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