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Access to fertility services

A senior embryologist explains her views on egg freezing and fertility in general
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We seem to be providing for a wider population of people certain technologies that could help them for their future. My personal feeling is being able to have a baby is the right of every human being. We are born to reproduce. And if we weren’t born to do that then we could say “okay maybe it is not somebody’s right to have a baby.” But at the end of the day we need to look at it, infertility is a kind of disease. It can be your kidney, it can be your liver but it happens to be somebody’s ovaries or somebody’s uterus. And therefore it has to be seen in the same light and treated within the same way.
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So of course if the question is asked should these be provided on the NHS? My answer to that would be yes it should be. Just like you would provide a service for failure of any other organ in the body. But that doesn’t seem to happen unfortunately, for a various number of reasons and therefore it leaves patients with, you know. I know patients that have re-mortgaged their houses, they sold their cars, and so on and so forth to be able to afford these treatments.

Saghar Kasiri is a senior embryologist with over 20 years experience in fertility medicine. Previously at the London Fertility Clinic, she now works on lowering cost and improving the quality of fertility services.

Saghar sees access to fertility services as a basic human right, and she believes that society should be more accommodating to women’s choices and the fertility needs of women and couples.

For discussion: Do you think access to basic fertility services should be publicly funded? If so, on what grounds?

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