Infertility is a growing problem in New Zealand and many other Western countries. Approximately one in six couples have difficulty conceiving a child.
Assisted Reproductive Technology
Many couples, encouraged by the media and the medical profession, turn to the reproductive technology industry to help them realise their dream of a having a child of their own.
The Church wishes to support couples who are seeking to overcome infertility problems, but reminds us that in using some methods such as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), couples do unintended harm to themselves and their children, to the dignity of the human person, and to marriage and family relationships.
Positive Alternatives to IVF
Many couples are fertile in a relative sense, rather than permanently infertile. There is some evidence that around 50% of couples who have tried unsuccessfully for a year or more will still conceive a child within 5 years. Learning about the women’s cycles can increase a couples’ natural fertility, and their chances of having their own child.
For more information on positive alternatives, consider learning a natural fertility awareness method:
Couples longing for children are also encouraged to ask the intercession of the patron saints of pregnancy, St Gianna Molla and St Gerard Majella
- John Paul II Centre for Life -351 3225
- Billings: Leaders in Fertility Education
- Married Love and the Gift of Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2006)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church (see in particular #2370)
- Church Document: Humanae Vitae
- Church Document: Donum Vitae
- Good News About Sex and Marriage, Christopher West, 2004 – available to borrow from the John Paul II Centre
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