For many people wanting to start a family, infertility issues can present a heartbreaking problem. While there are a number of scientifically proven methods for treating infertility problems, scammers often prey upon people with infertility issues through the sale of bogus infertility treatments which are not only ineffective at treating infertility, but also, in some instances are harmful. Recently the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters to five companies that the FDA and FTC said made false or unsubstantiated claims that their products could cure, treat, mitigate or prevent infertility. In the letters these agencies threatened legal action if these companies continued to make deceptive claims about their products.
According to Daniel Kaufman of the FTC, “Women and families who face fertility issues deserve the best that science has to offer. The FTC is proud to work with the FDA to ensure that when companies make claims about fertility treatments and cures, those claims are backed by solid scientific evidence.”
As for healthcare products in general, you should be skeptical about any company that promises miraculous cures for illnesses or medical conditions such as infertility. The world is full of snake oil salesmen. You should also be wary of any healthcare product that is sold exclusively either over the Internet or through mail-order advertisements. Remember B.S. – Be skeptical. Whenever there will be breakthroughs to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition such as infertility you are going to hear about it through legitimate news sources first rather than through ads in emails, text messages or posts on social media. The best course of action is to ask your physician about the effectiveness of a particular product or program before you buy it. Two places to go for trustworthy medical information are MedlinePlus.gov and Healthfinder.gov.
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