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7 reasons why we need to be more open about IVF

7 reasons why we need to be more open about IVF
There are thousands of parents who benefit from aided Conception. However, a queer taboo unfortunately still looms over infertile Women opting for assisted conception. Keeping silent is seen as a failing strategy that only serves to imprison women. Women need to be more vocal about their accounts of assisted conception to shed more light on it. What then could be some of the reasons for women to stand up and open up about their stories?

1. Creating awareness - There is a lot about assisted conception that many women are not aware of. As they walk into this new environment, uncertainty would be one of their greatest concerns for instance probability of conception and the effects from the drugs. They need to know what to expect.

 2. Keeping fear at bay – During my practice, I have come to realize that the fear that surrounds IVF treatment is very real. There is a lot of uncertainty that takes a toll on women undergoing the IVF procedure such as finances, drugs, and views from society. Talking about your ordeal helps uncertain women confront such unknown fears.

 3. Staying confident and undeterred – IVF treatment is still a taboo even in the current society. Women looking forward to confronting their infertility need the confidence in making the decision and following through assisted conception procedures. Unless they get first-hand information, they may as well succumb to their fears.

4. Clearing uncertainties - Women’s fertility drops with age, and so does the chance of conceiving through an IVF procedure. The modern-day flashiness of conceiving well over 40 years may as well be the deception that women fail to understand properly. Women have to be informed about the way natural as well as assisted conception is affected by age to be able to make wise decisions before it is too late.

5. To confront the taboo of infertility – It is always an uncomfortable shot in the dark to reveal to close kin and friends about one’s infertility. It takes a lot of guts and boldness to disclose to an uncertain folk about your choice to undergo assisted conception. As the practice gets more in the open and the public gets to understand what these women put up with, it is only then can IVF be tolerated.

6. Keeping shame at bay - Even though many women suffer from infertility, shame clouds their condition right from the time they go public. Ideologically, fertility is no stronger than infertility even though the society is slow to tolerate infertility. The more women talk about their grapples with infertility and their decisions to go the assisted fertility way, the more shame shrouding their condition is bound to be eroded.

 7. Revealing to your children – Some women face issues communicating to their children about their birth through assisted reproduction. It would be unfortunate that your kids are dubbed the test-tube babies within a society that still shuns infertility. Talking about your choice and disclosing your decision would make it an easier burden to tell your children about it. They will feel less of rejects due to circumstances surrounding their births.

Women that are facing down the IVF road have many uncertainty gaps to fill for themselves along the way. Only those who have walked such a road can actually tell of the ordeals they had to shoulder with little information at hand. Speaking boldly about aided conception is, therefore, a commendable decision in creating awareness and emboldening women against an otherwise judgmental society.



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