Infertility is defined as the inability to naturally conceive despite regular unprotected intercourse for at least one year. In about 40% of couples the problem originates in the man; with another 40% in the woman. Approximately 10% of couples will have infertility issues in both the man and woman, while in 10% no cause of infertility will be identified in either partner. With infertility impacting an estimated 15% of Australian couples of reproductive age, it is likely that most people either know someone who has struggled with infertility or in fact has struggled with it personally.

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) seeks to overcome the physical inabilities of a couple to conceive ‘naturally’ and produce a genetically related (to at least one parent) child. Yet underlying ethical and social concerns still remain.

 

 

 


 

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