Over 7.3 million American are diagnosed with infertility. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. For many people that are affected by this disease, it can be extremely taxing on your emotional and physical well-being. Infertility takes a huge toll on self-esteem and in some cases can lead to depression or broken relationships. Men and women fighting this disease may suffer from:
- Loss of the pregnancy and the birth experience
- Loss of the parenting experience
- Loss of a grandparent relationship
- Low feelings of self-worth
- Loss of stability in family and personal relationships
- Loss of work productivity
- Loss of a sense of spirituality and sense of hope for the future.
Infertility affects every person and family differently. For those that choose to fight against fertility, the process can be a long and exhausting one. To truly get a sense for the emotional toll, browse through these personal stories from families all over the country.
Insurance & Infertility
With today’s advances in health technology, infertility is something that we can battle. However, it can be very costly. Currently, only 15 states require insurance coverage for infertility treatment and in many cases that doesn’t include IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). According to the World Health Organization, infertility is considering a disease, yet the Affordable Care Act’s established “essential health benefits” package does not include universal health coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
What can you do to bring hope to thousands of families affected by this disease? Speak out! RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, is a huge resource in the fight against attempts to restrict care for the infertility community. To get involved, you can:
- Show you support for state and federal bills
- Become an Advocate and attend Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
- Blog about your infertility journey – Awareness is key!
- Honor someone living with infertility with a donation in their name
- Become an Insurance Advocate at your workplace
National Fertility Awareness Week (April 24th-30th)
This week, we encourage you to #startasking. Start asking employers for coverage, lawmakers and legislators to support the infertility community, media to cover infertility, your network to make a donation to the cause, and for affordable care for treatment of the disease. To learn more about infertility and getting involved, visit resolve.org.