Children conceived by assisted reproduction deprived of knowing their genetic origins

Many persons conceived through third-party participation are deprived of  crucial information The use of donor sperm or egg for reproduction and mitochondrial transfer techniques (2 mothers and one father) raise the issue of the right of donor-conceived persons to know their...

Pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction. Number of pregnancy losses

One aspect that objectively indicates the ethicality of assisted reproduction  practices is the number of pregnancy losses. According to a recent study , this rate in 2013 remained stable with respect to 2012, around 30%, both when in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic...

Can the donor sperm used in assisted reproduction affect the child’s health?

The issue has sometimes been raised as to whether children born using donor sperm through assisted reproduction could have health problems throughout their lives. A recent study of the Australian poulation, published in Reproductive Biomedicine, included 224 children aged between...

New statistics on assisted reproduction in Europe. The pregnancy rate for IVF has not improved

Overall, the pregnancy rate for IVF (in our opinion the more relevant rate) has not improved in Europe, it is around 35% The 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has just been held in Geneva, Switzerland. At the meeting, Dr...

Recent findings. Children conceived through assisted reproduction, now adolescents, have more medical problems

These recent findings should be taken into consideration when making an ethical assessment of assisted reproduction. An issue that often arises is whether children conceived through assisted reproductive technique – ART (see HERE) present more medical and/or mental health...

Assisted reproduction ethics: bioethical and legal tangle

The European Court of Human Rights was hearing the case of Adelina Parrillo versus Italy.  The case goes back to 2002, when Adelina and her husband froze five embryos for future transfer. However, her husband died one year later. Adelina lost her dream of becoming a mother and...

Australian assisted reproduction clinics accused of misleading patients

This is a topic that we have addressed in depth in our Observatory [see HERE], (especially on the European and American data and the content of the brochures of most clinics), having drawn attention to how many Spanish assisted reproduction clinics claim birth rates of close to...

Assisted reproduction clinics advertising brochures are very far from the objective medical truth

Clear example of misleading advertising According to many advertising brochures from assisted reproduction clinics, women who attend them have 100% chance of achieving a pregnancy. However, this possibility — in our opinion — is very far from the objective medical truth. Along...

One in every ten children in Spain is born as a result of assisted reproduction techniques

Spain, report 116,688 fertility treatments, placing Spain at the head of Europe and the third leading country in the world. Spain finally has its first national register of fertility treatments. Clinics have not been obliged to share their data until now, so this could not be...

Older women pregnancy by assisted reproduction techniques, medical and ethical approach

Advanced reproductive age is a risk factor for women’s fertility, pregnancy loss, foetal abnormalities, stillbirth and obstetric complications. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee recently evaluated the ethics of assisted reproduction practices in...