IVF pro­ce­dures take plunge ow­ing to fi­nan­cial cri­sis

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The num­ber of births in Greece through in vitro fer­til­iza­tion (IVF) has dropped be­tween 40 and 50 per­cent over the last eight years due to the fi­nan­cial cri­sis, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts in the field.

“Cou­ples whose fer­til­ized eggs were frozen have con­tacted us and asked that they be de­stroyed be­cause they de­cided they couldn’t have another child,” said Mi­nas Mas­tro­mi­nas, di­rec­tor and founder of the Em­bryo­ge­n­e­sis IVF cen­ter, adding that in the last three years es­pe­cially, there has been some­thing of a mass de­struc­tion of frozen fer­til­ized eggs.

He also re­ferred to a cou­ple that de­cided to change from a twin preg­nancy to a sin­gle baby be­cause they couldn’t af­ford to raise two chil­dren. “It struck me be­cause the woman was over 40,” he said.

Be­fore the fi­nan­cial cri­sis hit Greece in 2009, it is es­ti­mated that there were 15,000 cour­ses of IVF an­nu­ally whereas in the last year this num­ber has dropped to be­tween 8,000-9,000.

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