In medicine, depending on the disease, either causal or symptomatic treatment is applied.

In both cases, it is important to achieve concrete therapeutic results. There are many diseases where the source of health problems cannot be removed, but their consequences can be effectively eliminated. This is the case for example with patients with failing kidneys who need dialysis, with diabetics who need to take insulin from outside source, or patients with heart defects who live with implanted artificial heart valves. The medical treatment solves the problem but does not make the affected organs suddenly healthy. Nevertheless, nobody questions the fact that the patients are treated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) qualified infertility as a serious social disease and entered it in the list of the International Classification of Diseases, ICD10. We talk about infertility if a couple fails to achieve a pregnancy within 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. It results from the definition that the basic feature of infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy and have children. In such a case, the application of medical procedures which change this status quo and lead to the birth of a child unquestionably can be considered a treatment.

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Published: 3 November 2015 Updated: 4 April 2017