Desperate to have a child, a couple puts its trust in a fertility clinic that promises more than it can deliver.
The world’s first “test tube baby” turns 40 next year. As she’s grown up, so has the medical specialty that produced her: in vitro fertilization. It’s a big business addressing a big demand. On this episode of Reveal, we examine the stakes – and high costs – of IVF.
Dr. Jennifer Schneider lost her 31-year-old daughter to colon cancer in 2003. She wonders whether there was a link between her daughter being a three-time egg donor and the tumors found on her ovaries and abdomen.
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Given the shortcomings of consumer protections, here are three ideas that could help fix the IVF problems we found.
Even as IVF has made technological advancements, an outdated measurement system and weak consumer protections obscure the differences between the best doctors in the business and those who run troubled clinics.
To analyze how often American in vitro fertilization clinics transfer one embryo at a time, we relied on self-reported data that clinics provide every year to the CDC.