Keep calm. Because if you have no boyfriend or girlfriend, you might not want to hear this.
If you’re still single and you just can’t find the right sexual partner, your condition could be tagged as a disability. This is according to the dramatic proposal of the World Health Organization in 2016. What?!
The WHO aims to revise the definition of infertility and classify it as a disability as part of its efforts to promote fair opportunities to those suffering from an inability to reproduce.
It may sound offensive to some single ladies and gentlemen. But according to the organization, people who are infertile would be given better access to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment through this move. Additionally, the proposed standard will give men and women suffering from infertility the right to have a family.
But what is infertility and how can one tell if he (or she) has the condition?
The WHO currently defines infertility as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.” The organization also says “infertility is the inability of a sexually active, non-contracepting couple to achieve pregnancy in one year. The male partner can be evaluated for infertility or subfertility using a variety of clinical interventions, and also from a laboratory evaluation of semen.”
From the given clinical definition above, it’s very clear what infertility means. However, is it really a disability? When one does not have the ability to conceive, does that mean he/she is disabled?
This controversial issue received mixed reactions from the public. Most of which, of course, are criticisms. Finding a partner while battling infertility could be very difficult. Tagging them as disabled won’t help their emotional state.
There are a lot of stories of men and women who had no choice but to remain single their whole lives because of infertility. Let’s admit it. Most people wants to build a family later in their lives.
For this reason, some people who found out that their partners can’t conceive a child choose to end the relationship. That’s the hard truth. Sad, but true.
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