Science has officially jumped the shark. After all, it's thanks to science that women who don't want any more babies can have a tubal ligation. And now it's thanks to science that women who had a tubal ligation but change their minds don't have to go through a surgery to reverse the process.
They just go through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Wait, what? Isn't that the method usually reserved for people who aren't infertile on purpose? Oh yeah. See what we mean about jumping the shark?
It's an interesting twist on the theory that there's no such thing as "final" anymore. Especially when put into the recent arguments that many women have a harder time convincing their doctors to perform a tubal than an abortion. If there's a fairly simple option for fertility post-tubal, why should it be such a big deal to grant one to a woman?
But if you think long and hard about it, if there is a growing trend of women seeking IVF -- admittedly the article that suggests it's a trend fails to put any real numbers on the practice -- it is even more troubling than doctors refusing women self-determination. Because these women are proving the doctors are right.
The point of a tubal ligation is to end your fertile years. Period. Like any form of birth control, save for abstinence, it isn't without the possibility of failure (around 0.2 - 0.4% in case you're wondering). But people don't go for these sort of permanent measures HOPING they'll fail. To make a case that the tubal ligation isn't being taken seriously by a vast number of women would seemingly make a mockery of the women who are fighting so hard to get one.
It also can't be ignored that IVF largely remains an option only for people with means. Although it may save someone some money in terms of not having to pay for a tubal reversal and the follow up birth control (perhaps another tubal), it seems it's more likely it's being used as a way to cheat. Yet again, people with money have a way to use it to get themselves out of bad decisions. It's hard to form a "oh, those poor people" argument when they became infertile on purpose only to turn around and buy their way out of it.
This doesn't seem like an enrichment of the fertility choices for the average woman. What do you think?
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