Fertility treatments are a new technology and so there is no direct guidance from scripture. Many Buddhists recognise that being unable to have children can cause great suffering. They try to show compassion to people in this situation. They may see fertility treatments as an act of kindness to end suffering in the world.
One of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism is that suffering is caused by craving; always wanting more from life than we have. Many Buddhists might therefore accept that they are infertile and find a way to live with the situation. Buddhists might also see refusing to accept infertility as a form of gross desire which would hinder spiritual development.
Key teachings that Buddhists consider include:
As on many other issues, how each teaching is interpreted and applied may differ within and between different types of Buddhists.