The Silent Judgement Around In Vitro Fertilization
Perhaps when you were a kid, you heard whispers of something called in vitro fertilization, and you thought it was some strange, other-worldly procedure conducted by futuristic robots in a lab that looks like something from a Universal Studios set. Your parents mentioned that a friend of yours was conceived through IVF. It all seemed so foreign and rare to you. Now, as an adult, you may have come to learn that IVF is actually quite common. You may even have friends who have gone through IVF, or are looking into it, as they are struggling to conceive through conventional methods. It’s no surprise, since millennials are doing the whole kid thing a bit differently. Many aren’t having kids at all, and for good reason, and those who do tend to wait a bit longer. But, as a woman, the longer you wait, the harder it can be to conceive. As such, you may know a handful of women scheduling some rounds of IVF. But there is this thing at play—this unspoken judgment around IVF that nobody’s talking about. Or if they are, it’s behind closed doors, and only with people who are decidedly not having kids.
It’s so expensive
In vitro fertilization is expensive—very expensive. When all is said and done, you may be facing bills in the hundreds of thousands range—especially if you must go through multiple rounds of IVF. Those who don’t want kids or don’t really support the idea of IVF might feel that it’s a gross misuse of funds.