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Daily Strange: Could sex for reproduction go out of style?

Written By: Ivey Ingalls Rubin


According to an Australian fertility specialist, in-vitro fertilization may soon be a far more reliable option for the population to reproduce than old-fashioned intercourse.

Soon to come breakthroughs in IVF (at the moment a last ditch effort for infertile individuals) may drastically upgrade the effectiveness than the traditional approach.

This may sound unsettling and futuristic—infants being routinely manufactured not in the bedroom but in a lab, in a fine tuned, streamlined method where the success rate is practically guaranteed. However, John Yovich, a doctor at PIVET Medical Centre and Cains Fertility Centre in Australia, told the press that “Natural human reproduction is at best a fairly inefficient process.”

He believes that the IVF process can ease the pressure of couples trying to get pregnant later in life because the test tube option will be highly effective.

Even young adults have no more than about a one in four chance of getting pregnant each month through sex. For those among 35 and up, this rate falls to 1 in 10.

Now compare this to the near 100 percent success rate that Dr. Yovich trusts will be possible with IVF within five to 10 years.

At the moment, among the healthiest individuals, IVF has only a 50 percent success rate. The co-author of Yovich’s study, Gedis Grudzinskas, said that there was absolutely no reason why IVF in humans should not become 100 times more efficient than sex.

Though this sounds strikingly similar to the baby “hatcheries” in Aldous Huxley’s book, Brave New World, Gedis continued to say that at the moment scientists could never really guarantee that it would work in every single patient.

As the in-vitro fertilization process continues to progress and scientists understand it more the pressures of waiting to have a family till later in life could become a distant fleeting thought from the past.

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