Why Are the Proportions of In-Vitro Fertilisation Interventions for Same Sex Female Couples Increasing?

Meads, Catherine and Thorogood, Laura-Rose and Lindemann, Katy and Bewley, Susan (2021) Why Are the Proportions of In-Vitro Fertilisation Interventions for Same Sex Female Couples Increasing? Healthcare, 9 (12). p. 1657. ISSN 2227-9032

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121657

Abstract

Same-sex female couples who wish to become pregnant can choose donor insemination or in-vitro fertilization (IVF)—a technique intended for infertile women. In general, women in same-sex female partnerships are no more likely to be infertile than those in opposite sex partnerships. This article investigates data available from the Government Regulator of UK fertility clinics—the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, which is the only data available worldwide on same-sex female couples and their fertility choices. IVF is increasing both in absolute numbers and relative proportions year on year in the UK, compared to licensed donor insemination for same-sex female couples. As IVF has greater human and financial costs than donor insemination, policies should not encourage it as the first choice for fertile women requiring sperm. Commercial transactions are taking place where fertile lesbians receive cut price, and arguably unnecessary, IVF intervention in exchange for selling their eggs to be used for other infertile customers. If women are not told about the efficacy of fresh vs. frozen semen, and the risks of egg ‘sharing’ or intra-couple donation, exploitation becomes possible.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: same sex female couples, lesbians, bisexual women, IVF, donor insemination, pregnancy choices
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 09:27
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 15:22
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707132

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