Fertility treatment when the prognosis is very poor or futile: a committee opinion

The ethical considerations of providing fertility treatment to patients when the prognosis is very poor or futile are discussed.

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The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Vol 98, Issue 1 , Pages e6-e9


The Ethics Committee recommends development of evidence-based policies that are patient-centered for each in vitro fertilization (IVF) center. In most cases, the provision of futile therapies is not ethically justifiable. For those treatments with very poor success rates, clinicians must be vigilant in their presentation of risks, benefits, and alternatives. This document was reviewed in January 2012. This version replaces the previous version of this document, published in 2009.

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Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders. The journal publishes juried original scientific articles in clinical and laboratory research relevant to reproductive endocrinology, urology, andrology, physiology, immunology, genetics, contraception, and menopause. Fertility and Sterility® encourages and supports meaningful basic and clinical research, and facilitates and promotes excellence in professional education, in the field of reproductive medicine.

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