For many (though not all) couples, having children is a desired and expected aspect of their relationship, often with wider family and societal pressures. Infertility is considered by many authors to be a life crisis, which can last for many years. In Australia, like most western countries, the trend to delay marriage, and even if married, to delay having children, itself impacts fertility rates. Female age in particular affects the number and quality of eggs. Infertility is not an easy subject for most couples to talk about, especially within the church as it can be a taboo subject, or one that is surrounded by strongly held opinions.
YouTube of the 60 Minutes documentary on selective reduction “The IVF Industry’s Dirty Little Secret – Selective Reduction”:
- Infertility: Mastery or Mystery? Michael and Shareen Kelly give a personal view of infertility.
- In February 2013 CHOICE magazine looked at the costs of fertility treatments. https://www.choice.com.au/health-and-body/reproductive-health/conception/articles/ivf-costs
- Some approaches to fertility treatment which don’t use Artificial Reproductive Treatments (ART). While we don’t think that Christians should avoid ART, it is worth considering the alternatives.
- The Embryo Donation Network gives some options when you have fertilised embryos you can’t have implanted.
- Three talks from the Canberra Christian Convention by Anna Boxwell and Andrew Ford on Infertility, IVF and Pregnancy Loss.