Presented at the Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Dublin, Ireland, July 1987.
“It's Going to Work for Me.” Responses to Failures of IVF
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 153–156, September 1988
How to Cite
Williams, L. S. (1988), “It's Going to Work for Me.” Responses to Failures of IVF. Birth, 15: 153–156. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1988.tb01096.x
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ABSTRACT: Although most in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts end in failure, most women who try IVF once try again one or more times. This paper is based on an interview study of twenty Canadian women who underwent at least one IVF procedure, and it describes the way in which failure affected their decision to try IVF again. Since undergoing IVF increases awareness of each step in the biological process of becoming pregnant, it allows a woman to think of herself as “getting closer” to becoming pregnant, depending on the number of steps she successfully completes in the process, even if her attempt ultimately fails. Since a subsequent attempt might progress even further, perhaps to pregnancy, it therefore becomes difficult to stop trying. Women must be informed of this aspect of IVF if they are to make informed decisions concerning its use.