Researching of In-vitro Fertilization

In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)

  • is a kind of assistive reproductive technology (ART)
  • IVF helps those who cannot have a child
  • involves taking a woman’s eggs and fertilizing them with sperm (Kelbach, 2016)
  • a fertilized egg is defined as an embryo
  • embryos implanted in a woman’s uterus, a surrogate, or gestational carrier

Scope of the Ethical Issue

  • Ethical concerns addressing IVF are various
  • Upper-middle-age women’s limits to allow to conduct IVF
  • Single women’s, same-sex couples’ issues concerning child’s welfare (Asplund, 2020)
  • The question of who ‘owns’ gathered gametes and embryos
  • Preimplantation genetic testing to address possible child’ diseases

Additional Ethical Concerns

  • Eggs’ storage for social reasons (risk of failure, truly informed consent)
  • Egg sharing (commercialization of organ donation)
  • Surrogacy concerning child’s genetic linkage, women’s exploitation (Asplund, 2020)
  • Market-driven IVF with the exploitation of need, equity, consent
  • Religious concerns that impact law-making and compliance

Scope of IVF related to the Nursing Profession

  • communication and education of patients about the procedure
  • medico-legal framework knowledge (informed consent, adverse events, confidentiality)
  • risk management of abnormalities, medication, pregnancy, surgery (The Fertility Hub, 2019)
  • psychological issues (counseling service)
  • nurses contribute to the guidelines’ development for clinical practice

IVF Complications that Nurses Address

  • multiple pregnancies that bring a child’s low birth weight and premature birth
  • ectopic pregnancy (eggs implanted externally to the uterus)
  • ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome that increases fluid in the abdomen, chest
  • bleeding, infections, or deterioration of bowels or bladder (The Fertility Hub, 2019)
  • stress and emotional disorders due to IVF

IVF-related Nursing Skills and Knowledge

  • understanding of embryology and genetics in patient outcomes
  • required formalized training in IVF areas
  • knowledge of how to build relationships with patients (Shaia & Muasher, 2019)
  • understanding the specifics of genetic testing, sterility
  • continuous education on the specifics of IVF

Experts’ positions on the Issue

  • highlight that IVF is used as a national policy to increase birth rates
  • concern IVF clinical, economic, social, political, and philosophical scope of considerations
  • the report needs infertility treatment (financial coverage, egg donation)
  • optimize processes of fertility treatment to achieve live births (Gonen, 2016)
  • address controversial law-related issues

Researched Topics by Experts

  • causes and evaluation of infertility
  • treatment options
  • ART methodology and enhancements (Stevenson et al., 2016)
  • clinical implications (physiological, educational, socioeconomic, psychosocial)
  • indications, advantages, and disadvantages of IVF

Current Expert’s Advancements in IVF

  • procedures of ovulation induction and triggering final oocyte maturation
  • prediction of ovarian response to stimulation enhancement
  • determining the optimal duration of co-incubation of gametes (Audibert & Glass, 2015)
  • monitoring embryo development through new time-lapse embryo monitoring
  • embryo selection enhancement for transfer

Exploration of The Future of IVF Related to Healthcare

  • Reproductive tourism, search for countries that allow IVF
  • Decreasing cost of IVF and increasing demand (Tomkins, 2020)
  • Embryos that have genes from same-sex couples
  • decreasing rates of miscarriage
  • IVF is exploited to ensure zero transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV

Advancements in Fertility Treatments in the Future

  • better embryo selection through imaging and metabolomics
  • increased embryo implantation rate
  • usage of preimplantation genetic diagnosis
  • possible germline engineering techniques (Bleicher, 2020)
  • ovarian aging control and extension to use of IVF

Technologies that Would Allow IVF to Grow

  • access-creating digital consults, tests, automated booking machines
  • better experience via personalized fertility data, telehealth, medication tracking
  • enhanced outcomes with fertility profile and informed clinical decisions (Tomkins, 2020)
  • packaged solutions with egg retrieval and implantation procedures
  • international data access to find donors and exchange medication techniques

Exploration of the Future for IVF Related to Nursing Practice

  • enhancement of knowledge and positive nurses’ attitudes towards IVF
  • training to alert doctors about patients’ responses and complications
  • inclusion of IVF practices into pre-and postgraduate nursing continuing education
  • education on the communication with single mothers and same-sex couples to handle treatment (Obioha et al., 2014)
  • new techniques for nursing management of emotional distress due to childlessness

Global Challenges and Solutions in Managing IVF

  • emphasis on innovative, safe, and cost-effective methods for IVF
  • enhanced implementation and integration of access to infertility diagnosis and treatment
  • ZERO initiative for HIV and AIDS achieved with IVF (World Health Organization, n.d.)
  • managing complications related to pre-term birth and neonatal issues
  • resolving the issue of continuous spontaneous miscarriage


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