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In vitro fertilization the full story

Good reasons for looking beyond the surface of what we know about IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)


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This book deals with in vitro fertilization form pioneering times to the present, and is aimed towards women, couples and those wishing to acquire up-to-date scientific information on in vitro fertilization. Its objective is to provide them with a cognitive path towards a more precise idea of the topic, facilitating, when necessary, the possibility of making more informed and autonomous choices. Fpr this reason, the journey the reader is embarking on starts form a chapter dedicated to the history of IVF, from its origins to the present day, which examines established and emerging methodologies, and moves forward illustrating key issues, often overlooked, which could impact the health of ourselves, our children and of society as a whole. The objective of this book is to provide a range of scientifically rigorous information that, considered as a whole, illuminates a path which goes far beyond superficial statements, often proven wrong by facts. It in no way constitutes a manifesto against in vitro fertilization, but draws attention to adequate and inadequate attitudes to current knowledge.


History: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) from the 1960s to the present

Procedures in Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Pregnancies from ART: how the results are expressed

Reproduction and Evolution

Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization

The embryo, the fetus, the child and IVF

The ecology of the embryo in vivo and in vitro

Particular aspects of ART: egg donation

Particular aspects of ART: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) or Preimplantation Genetic Test (PGT)

The effects of ART on children

The effects of ART on women

The emotional aspect of ART

Research or therapy

The alternatives to ART

Optimizing ART

The evidence-based expert recommendations

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