What is it?
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) means fertilization “in glass” and refers to the fertilization of a human egg in a laboratory setting. The moment of fertilization marks the beginning of a new human life. Eggs are extracted surgically from a woman’s ovaries and the sperm comes from a male donor.
Once fertilization has occurred, the new living embryos continue to grow for a few days. They are examined to ensure that they are of “quality”. Those found to be “deficient” are discarded and destroyed. Embryos deemed “suitable” are then transferred to the mother’s womb.
Usually more than one embryo is transferred, sometimes three or four, to increase the chances of implantation of at least one. Only a small portion of the embryos which are transferred will survive and result in a live birth. The transferring of many embryos in IVF can result in greater numbers of multiple pregnancies than in natural conceptions.
What happens to the Remaining Embryos?
Remaining living embryos may be frozen for future use. Many couples who have used IVF face an agonizing decision as to the fate of their embryos when they no longer want them. Many embryos are never implanted.
Many embryos die during the transfer or the thawing processes. Some human embryos, with the parents’ consent, are donated for research. A living human embryo used for embryonic stem cell research will die once its life-giving stem cells are extracted. Sadly, the generation of a new human life becomes a laboratory process wherein the embryo is not accorded the respect and protection deserved from the moment of conception..
The approach NaPro TECHNOLOGY takes to infertility respects the integrity and dignity of marriage, the spouse and the child. It recognizes the personhood of the child and that the child is a gift to be received and not an object to which a person has a "right". Unlike IVF, a child conceived through NaPro TECHNOLOGY does not have embryonic siblings that have been frozen, discarded, selectively aborted or experimented upon. Neither does NaPro TECHNOLOGY come with IVF's risk of multiple pregnancies or premature birth. The success rate of NaPro TECHNOLOGY is up to 80% and it is nearly three times more effective than IVF depending on the underlying condition.