This morning the Today Show televised an in vitro fertilization (IVF) egg retrieval and fertilization. The couple had been trying to conceive for nine years. While it is great that the Today Show is paying for a very expensive procedure, it is concerning that if the IVF cycle is not successful, that information will also be televised. Unfortunately, the odds of IVF not working outweigh the odds of it resulting in pregnancy. IVF treatment is extremely stressful, and televising nationally that an IVF cycle has failed would add tremendously to that stress.
I'm assuming that the couple televised this morning signed off on having the entire procedure televised, including the positive or negative results. However, keep in mind that difficulties in trying to concieve put extraordinary pressure on a couple. While yes, it was their decision to have the procedure televised and paid for, there is a concern that the Today Show may be, knowingly or unknowingly, exploiting an emotionally vulnerable couple.