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Positive Options for Couples with Fertility Problems

The use of medical science and technology to overcome fertility problems is not wrong provided that the methods of reproductive technology show proper reverence for human life, the unity of marriage and human procreation.

FertilityCare is a program based on Catholic ethics which combines natural fertility awareness with a medical treatment program (NaProTechnology) to help people reach full procreative health.

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System teaches a woman or couple to accurately identify the time of ovulation in each of their own cycles and how to use this information to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. The system is also very useful for arranging medical investigations such as blood tests and ultrasound scans to correspond with the time of the woman’s ovulation in the cycle. A medical interpretation of the woman’s chart can itself give valuable clues in the diagnosis of fertility and women’s health problems.

An infertility treatment program is then aimed at maximising the chances of conceiving naturally while on treatment, maintaining a pregnancy to full term, and helping to care for your fertility in the long term. Treatment plans can include:

  • the use of natural hormones and other medications to correct any hormonal/ovulatory disturbances. 
     
  • surgery to correct any physical problems (eg blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, adhesions) 
     
  • medical and/or surgical treatment for male infertility 
     
  • other techniques using NaProTechnology

Adoption is another positive option for couples who are unable to conceive. Adoption demonstrates how generosity of spirit and self-giving love can build loving, open and supportive relationships out of difficult and often tragic, personal circumstances.  

“To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts.” (John Paul II, Address to Adoptive Families, September 2000.)

Fidelity to God’s design for life and love undoubtedly places a heavy burden on some Catholic couples who are unable to conceive naturally. It is a sad reality that some couples will not be blessed with children of their own. No one should take their suffering lightly.  They are close to the heart of God and his Church, and their vocation to marriage and family remains a great gift to the Church and society.  Indeed, in an age where scientific ‘solutions’ are often sought at the expense of human values, the decision to not use ethically problematic reproductive technologies makes these couples authentically pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-child.

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