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The Big IVF Add-on Racket

  ReproTechTruths co-founder Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos wrote this op-ed for The New York Times. Titled The Big IVF Add On Racket, it brings much needed attention to the unethical way IVF add-ons are developed and sold to patients seeking help to become pregnant. This piece calls attention to several new papers published this month in…
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December 12, 2019 0
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‘Predatory’ Advertising by IVF Clinics

  At the 2019 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress in Philadelphia Dr. May-Tal Sauerbrun-Cutler presented her study, “IVF clinic websites: buyer beware the system is broken.’ You can download her paper here. Buyer Beware Medscape Medical News reported on Sauerbrun-Cutler’s study of 361 IVF clinics. Excerpt below. Not all in vitro fertilization (IVF)…
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December 2, 2019 0
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Stored IVF Trauma: The Body is the Ultimate Storyteller

The following essay comes from a former IVF patient. She underwent multiple failed IVF and ‘donor’ egg cycles. In the years since, she has endured a series of health issues. The IVF industry’s failure to collect health data leaves patients who’ve undergone assisted reproductive technology procedures with guesswork and unnecessary suffering. The lack of longitudinal…
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October 1, 2019 0
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‘Don’t Give Up’ Imposes Stress, Unknowns and Grief

Elaine lives in Switzerland and was 35 when she started treatment. She began writing a blog about her life without children, grief and other related topics. Her goal is to break the taboo of involuntary childlessness and to provide a safe place for other women on a similar journey. She works in a cultural institution…
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June 24, 2019 1
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Abuse and exploitation: ‘It’s an open secret in the IVF business’

Susan Bewley, an Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Women’s Health at Kings College London, witnessed the first women to die after IVF and has since written about the adverse outcomes from IVF. She gave a talk on abuse in the IVF industry at a recent gathering in London and provided permission to share her remarks…
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June 8, 2019 3
reproductive science

Reproductive science: A big business that has avoided ethical microscope

Jessica Hepburn is an author and arts producer. After she endured 11 rounds of failed IVF she become one of the leading patient voices in the UK raising awareness of the struggles involved in creating a family. She is also founder of the world’s first arts festival dedicated to fertility, infertility, the science of making…
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April 22, 2019 0
IVF industry trade group

IVF Industry Trade Group Uses Advocacy Non-Profit to Push Money-Making Agenda

IVF industry trade group, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), boosts pro-business agenda with Trojan horse strategy to gain new payers for IVF In the last few years, ASRM has aggressively courted RESOLVE, once a purely grassroots group of women helping women get support for infertility. RESOLVE’s grassroots nationwide membership was its crown jewel. Eager…
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April 10, 2019 1
breast cancer

I went to my fertility specialist to have a child, I left with a breast cancer

My name is Camille and I’m French. I began the IVF process at age 39 and stopped after 5 rounds at age 41. I work in the fields of culture in Paris in France where I live with my boyfriend. My story: After 2 years of trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, we opted for in…
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January 18, 2019 1
IVF

IVF Chaos, Callous Care

Sarah, who blogs at Infertility Honesty, agreed to share her story.  ~~ The chaos began early and never let up. After shedding birth control, and during our first cycle trying to conceive, I didn’t feel quite right. Taking my body’s cue something was wrong, I visited my first reproductive doctor. He told me my ovaries…
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October 3, 2018 4
trauma

Healthcare professionals not doing enough to address IVF trauma

Trauma surrounds infertility and IVF but it doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the media or by healthcare professionals. After an infertility diagnosis artist Elizabeth Walker (co-founder and co-director of The ART of infertility) shifted the focus of her artwork using a variety of mediums to express her experiences with infertility. She also began…
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September 24, 2018 4