Infertility can result from a number of causes and affects men and women in equal numbers. Difficulty conceiving can take a heavy toll on couples both physically and psychologically and can lead to depression and marital discord. There are, however, many options available to those struggling with infertility for having a child. These include innovative medical procedures and powerful drugs as well as a variety of alternative treatment approaches, surrogacy, and adoption.
A part of Greenwood’s Health and Medical Issues Today series, this book provides an overview of these options and examines the many health, financial, and ethical decisions of each that must be considered when choosing one. Part I explores what causes infertility and the history and evolution of its treatment and then examines the options available today, detailing how they work, their success rates, and their risks. Additionally, it addresses controversial topics such as the legislation of assisted reproductive technologies and the regulation of fertility clinics. Part II delves into the many scientific, economic, and ethical debates that surround infertility treatment, presenting a clear and objective analysis of the issues. Part III provides a variety of useful supplementary materials, including case studies, a timeline of critical events, a glossary, and a directory of resources.
- Explores the many forms of infertility treatment available, from high-tech procedures such as in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasic sperm injection to nonmedical options such as surrogacy and adoption
- Examines key issues related to infertility treatments, such as insurance coverage and the destruction of surplus embryos
- Highlights key ideas and debates discussed in the book through illuminating case studies featuring real-world scenarios
- Provides readers with a helpful Directory of Resources to guide their search for additional information about infertility treatments