Sir: My eyes pop to learn that anyone still thinks infertility is an illness (Letters, 20 April). Clare Brown, of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign, asks:
Why are infertile couples expected to accept that, for them, having children should be a luxury or only available privately? Of all the injustices faced by the infertile, this is perhaps the greatest.
The world is unfair, nature is unfair. In an overpopulated, over-fertile world, infertility is not an illness, it is simply a disorder; and a benign and useful one at that, like homosexuality. The proper NHS option for couples who are infertile (and don't like it) is psychiatric - not fertility - treatment.
A small amount of fertility treatment on the NHS is a useful research tool, adding to our stock of medical knowledge. But to talk of not getting free infertility treatment on the NHS as a "great injustice" is creative indignation, and an insult to those of us who have learnt to live with our childlessness and even appreciate it at times.
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