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Having a test tube baby: IVF in sri lanka

Did you know that over five million “test tube babies” have been born since the world’s first ever test tube baby in 1978? Over 500 couples have successfully had a test tube baby in sri lanka. At a cost of less than Rs.550, 000 at most private clinics, and success rates of 33-40%, ,having a test tube baby in sri lanka is fast becoming an attractive option for couples with fertility problems.

What is a Test Tube Baby?

Babies who are born through In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) –   are commonly called “test tube babies,” because they are conceived outside the mother’s body.  During IVF, an egg is injected with sperm under laboratory conditions. The fertilized egg is transferred to the mother’s womb after a couple days. If the egg implants, a successful   –   can begin.

 Who Opts for IVF?

Couples where one or both partners have fertility problems normally opt for IVF –   after trying all means to conceive naturally. The younger the mother, the higher the success rate of IVF, with mothers under age 39 having the highest chances of becoming pregnant.

Pros of IVF in Sri Lanka

Many couples who are unable to conceive naturally still want a child of their “own flesh and blood.” In countries like Sri Lanka there is also a lot of family and social pressure on married couples to produce a child within 2-3 years of marriage.  In such cases, IVF –   is an attractive option. Given advancements in technology many couples are now able to afford and access IVF in sri lanka.

Cons of IVF

Women who have conceived through IVF –   have a higher chance of becoming pregnant with twins or triplets. However not all couples seeking IVF –   are prepared mentally and financially for this. Multiple births also carry higher risks of complications. Sometimes women undergoing IVF may experience health problems during hormone treatment and the extraction of eggs from their ovaries.

 Ethics of IVF

Many arguments from an ethical and religious side have been raised against IVF –   in Sri Lanka. Some believe ‘creating and modifying life’ through IVF goes against the will of God or nature. During IVF –   couples can request genetic modifications of the embryo and even select gender if they wish. Some see this as unethical. Another argument is that IVF discourages couples from adopting. Hundreds of children live in orphanages in Sri Lanka awaiting adoption. Today however many childless couples opt to keep trying their luck with IVF rather than to adopt another’s child as their own.

 To Have Or Not To Have?

Unfortunately in Sri Lanka some couples resort to       due to family and social pressure to produce a child.  Some do not feel comfortable revealing that their child was born through IVF, even to close family, because of social misconceptions that couples unable to conceive naturally are “lesser” than those who can. Others fear harsh social stereotypes of test tube babies as being “not natural” and “not normal.”

Such social misconceptions and myths should be dispelled. The decision to have  to adopt, or to remain childless, is ultimately a private decision that each couple should have the freedom to make. In the end whether conceived naturally or through IVF, whether it’s your own or adopted, all babies are beautiful, and all life is precious.


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