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'Pill' inventor predicts end of 'sex for babies'

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The inventor of the contraceptive pill has suggested that the link between sex and pregnancy will be broken in the coming decades.

Prof Carl Djerassi suggests that men and women will freeze their sperm or eggs when young before being sterilised, allowing them to become parents later through IVF, whilst viewing sex as ‘recreational’.

In the interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he explains, “Women in their twenties will first choose [egg-freezing and IVF] as insurance, providing them with freedom in the light of professional decisions or the absence of the right partner or the inexorably ticking of the biological clock.

“However I predict that many of these women will in fact decide to be fertilised by IVF methods because of the advances in genetic screening. And once that happens then IVF will start to become a normal non-coital method of having children.”

“Over the next few decades, say by the year 2050, more IVF fertilisations will occur among fertile women than the current five million fertility-impaired ones. For them the separation between sex and reproduction will be 100 per cent,” he goes on to say.

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