Fertility Infertility Issues

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the fertilization of a woman’s egg outside of her body in a petri dish. Sperm provided by a male are mixed with eggs that have been aspirated from the woman’s ovaries. A few days later, one or more of the fertilized eggs are transferred to the woman’s uterus (womb), with the hope that pregnancy will occur.

IVF, a method of assisted reproduction, is an option for many couples who have not been able to conceive or for Lesbian couples.

One draw back of IVF is that it runs counter to the survival of the fittest. While that is true in the wild, survival of the fittest usually does not occur in today’s human society. It does, however, exist in the conception of a human.

During sex, the male ejaculates a large number of sperm cells into the woman’s vagina. The released sperm quickly swim from the vagina, across the uterus, toward the ovum. The first sperm cell that reaches the egg will be the only one to fertilize it. Considering the small size of the sperm cells, this is a considerable distance that they must swim. It is, therefore, the strongest of the sperm cells that will be successful in fertilization. The weaker sperm cells will not be a factor. This can only help in strong development from an embryo to an adult.

This all changes, however, in IVF. Sperm cells from a male are put in a petri dish with female eggs. There is no way to tell if the sperm cells are strong or weak. The sperm cells are also put in an environment where strength means nothing. Because of the lack of competition, weak sperm cells as well as strong ones are able to fertilize eggs. Therefore, the resulting conception could give the embryo strength or weakness that could affect it right up to adulthood. It would be a toss up.

In natural conception, the strongest sperm cells will fertilize the eggs. In IVF, weak or strong sperm cells could fertilize eggs. Having been conceived with a weak sperm cell could cause that person problems such as being sickly, being tired, less intelligence, more physical and mental problems. But all this is just conjecture, because in the end there would be no way to tell if IVF dealt your baby a straight flush or a pair of two’s.