by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin: Volume 15, Number 29
ASRM President Linda Giudice responded to an opinion piece that was printed in the New York Times today. The op-ed can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/selling-the-fantasy-of-fertility.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1378995883-mNVJExYGcBAwqNaLlW1B7w Dr. Giudice’s response is as follows:
We believe that "Selling the Fantasy of Fertility" (September 12) paints an incomplete picture of the likely success of infertility treatments.
Despite the dramatic advances in medicine of the last 30 years, it is true not every infertility patient will get pregnant, but patients and the public deserve to have all the facts. Among those facts the authors failed to mention are that ART treatments alone have resulted in the birth of more than 5 million babies around the world, and while it sometimes takes more than one attempt, more than 60% of women who undergo ART treatments eventually end up with a baby.
We, like the authors, recognize the tremendous emotional distress that can result for patients whose treatments are not successful, and hence the need to have transparency and full disclosure of available data for decision making in infertility therapy and coping with the emotional aspects that accompany it. Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhDPresident
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
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