Questionable Science And Lax Reporting Scare Women During Fertility Treatments

It’s true, questionable science and lax reporting scare women during fertility treatments. Women struggling with infertility undergo much, it can be a crushing experience, as it is taxing both physically and emotionally. Fertility treatments often involve a litany of invasive tests, which can include surgeries.

Female infertility patients typically intake powerful drugs, which are followed by careful monitoring and more procedures. Couples attempting to get pregnant, with the help of methods such as in-vitro fertilization, experience stress from the strains treatment places on their work schedules, finances, and their sex life. It is also common that multiple treatment attempts are needed before giving birth, also failed attempts can take up a long time. Some couples after experiencing failed attempts at pregnancy choose to adopt children, often from other countries.

Marketing campaigns coach women into buying organic fruits that typically cost more than produce grown using pesticides. This can cause women to often times deprive themselves of money that they would have spent on other things they want to buy.

For example, the journal JAMA Internal Medicine posted a paper that claimed pesticide residues in vegetables and fruits may negatively affect pregnancy outcomes. While the paper was authored by several Harvard University researchers, the research was based solely on surveys completed by women undergoing fertility treatment, and how often they ate organic vegetables and fruit.

The paper claims that women who ate non organic produce had a lower chance of becoming pregnant through fertility assisted technologies such as IVF, and that women who ate organic produce were more likely get pregnant.

While regularly eating fruits and vegetables has its proven benefits, no solid evidence in the study proves that eating organic produce will increase or decrease a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. Media and marketing professionals are known to be quick to create headlines and news that incite action. Sadly, such research papers that are not scrutinized enough are taken at face value and can affect women’s decisions on fertility treatments.

Interesting to note, the study has not been peer-reviewed or reproduced. Also, the researchers did not actually measure each woman’s pesticide levels that completed the survey. Instead, information containing pesticide residues found on popular fruits and vegetables were gleaned from federal databases. Although this study may be interesting conclusions can not be drawn from it

Source – National Review