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Fertil Steril. 2009 Oct;92(4):1194-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.07.979. Epub 2009 Sep 1.

Fertility treatment when the prognosis is very poor or futile.

Abstract

The Ethics Committee recommends development of evidence-based policies that are patient centered for each IVF center. In most cases, the provision of futile therapies is not ethically justifiable. For those treatments with very poor success rates, clinicians must be vigilant in their presentation of risks, benefits, and alternatives. This document was reviewed in June 2009. This version replaces the previous version of this document, published in October 2004.

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