Monday, June 23, 2008


Juanne Fuller discusses her feelings after discovering she has fibroids.

Interesting article about infertility in Nigeria.

Lastly - an article about hospitals in Great Britain who are denying IVF treatment to smokers.

Socialized medicine in some countries has led to extensive research regarding single embryo transfer - as a way of reducing the incidence of twins and higher-order multiples and along with that, the long-term medical costs that often follow premature birth. It makes sense to me that socialized medicine has different boundaries. What do you think?


Geohde said...

I live in a country with a socialised health system.

We paid privately/out of pocket for our IVF and for subsequent twin pregnancy) so I don't feel too guilty about the cost to my nation- that's what I pay my private insurance premiums for.

BUT- regardless, there was a lot of pressure for us to transfer a single embryo, mostly because of the health risks to mother and babies (preterm delivery and all the long term nasties that go with it sometimes). I compromised and transferred one with a fresh cycle- because the preg rate is high anyway, but two with all of my fet's.


Aurelia said...

SET is definitely to be encouraged regardless of the system, and I wish private insurance would notice this and make it a rule as well, simply because of the health risks geohde mentioned.

My OB specializes in multiples as well as high risk moms, and he sees some of the most tragic outcomes---things you can't imagine. Twins have a nine times higher risk of death than singletons, and don't even get me started on the disabilities.

It's so so sad, I wonder if we just made an effort to tell infertiles about the risks, maybe they would not want to have twins and triplets.

Bea said...

Big fan of universal health care (perhaps not the same as socialised? in any case, some systems really suck so it has to be done right). Especially with infertility, I see it as a real women's health issue. Couples shouldn't feel forced to take big risks due to finances.

On the other hand, I do think if the system is paying it has the right to set some guidelines and limits. Subject, of course, to the individual doctor having the final say in each case.



JewishMama said...

To get IVF free on the NHS isn't straight forward. You can't smoke, have certain health conditions, and they usually have weight limits. Plus, over 70% of NHS trusts only offer one cycle. BFN? Just too bad, you had your trreatment. Next!