fertility awareness methods
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1. the capacity to conceive or to induce conception. adj., adj fer´tile.infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of sexual relations without contraception, or the inability to carry pregnancy to a live birth. It affects about one in six couples of childbearing age. sterility is complete inability to conceive children, and is relatively rare.
2. fertility rate.
assisted fertility technologies that have developed to deal with infertility. Methods include: artificial insemination; in vitro fertilization; cryopreservation of pre-embryos, ova, sperm, and embryos; micromanipulation of oocytes and embryos in vitro; gamete intrafallopian transfer; surrogate gestational mothers; oocyte and sperm donation; and uses of embryos, fetuses, and cadavers. All such methods involve the separation of reproduction from coitus and can raise ethical or legal questions such as: (1) the high value placed on genetic parenthood, (2) equitable access to techniques for those of different economic levels or racial groups, especially in times when access to ordinary health care is problematic for many, (3) women's control over their bodies and reproduction, and (4) the expending of considerable resources for producing children biologically related to their parents when the world's population continues to grow and there are many children without parents who could be adopted.
fertility awareness methods natural family planning.
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