MEXICO CITY – Assisted reproduction clinics are offering more and more precise and personalized treatments, thus allowing people who want to become parents to sidestep their biological clock and postpone the arrival of children.
“Nine of every 10 patients manage to get pregnant,” biologist Abel Aviles, with Mexico’s Ivinsemer clinic, told EFE.
This success rate provides reassurance for people whose life plan is not perfectly in tune with the biorhythms set by nature, not to mention the expectations established by family tradition.
“Couples nowadays are looking to study more, looking to have a more assured economic future and that leads them, sometimes, to postpone motherhood,” Dr. Mario Cristo said.
The possibility of freezing eggs at a convenient juncture allows people to keep “the biological characteristics” intact for the time when becoming pregnant is desired.
“That translates into a more successful pregnancy,” said Cristo, who – although “postponing motherhood” is possible – recommends prudence and getting “the opinion of a fertility specialist.”
Letting people know that “this kind of option” is available is essential for helping people “plan their futures,” he said.
The problem of infertility does not always depend on age, which is an obstacle that is being handled ever more easily.
About 40 percent of infertility, in general, can be traced to feminine problems, while 40 percent is related to the man, said Aviles, adding that the remaining 20 percent is due to unknown reasons.
However, starting at age 35 fertility declines in both sexes and the risks begin to increase.
At the clinic, unfertilized eggs are carefully extracted from the woman’s ovaries and examined by experts, and men’s sperm is analyzed for motility, concentration and other relevant factors.
Fertilization of an egg is a delicate process, but these days it can accomplished relatively easily, according to standard laboratory techniques.
The advantages of assisted reproduction go beyond merely helping a woman conceive, with fertility clinics also enabling experts to detect chromosomal anomalies and other situations that could affect bringing a healthy baby to term.
With an eye toward the future, the possibilities are growing for a schism between sexual activity and the reproductive instinct.
“I think that in the future the issue of reproduction is going to be separate from sex,” Cristo said.
“You’re going to have couples to have sexual relations and for the fun part, and when you make the decision to have a child, you’re going to resort to this type of thing” that can be accomplished at fertility clinics, he said.
Although the cost of assisted reproduction – which runs from $2,000 to $9,000 or so, depending on the situation – is not economically accessible to everyone, clinics are becoming a standard option for many as, little by little, reproduction distances itself from sexuality.