For Pregnancy or Profit: Motive for Undergoing IVF May Alter the Experience

August 25, 2017

(Yale News) – An individual’s reason for undergoing a medical intervention — be it to prevent or treat disease, earn money, or have a child — may result in variations in the bodily experience of the patient, Yale researchers have found. A new study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine compares the physical, emotional, and cognitive experiences of women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) either to become pregnant or to donate their eggs for money. The researchers found that there is a direct correlation between the intensity of a woman’s bodily experience and her reason for harvesting eggs.

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