In my head I was thinking, oh yeah, it's probably just another short, detailed-lacking article about some celebrity who went through many treatments and finally had success. Some article that just ever so slightly brushes over the struggle and cost that this journey can be but happily shows the successful picture of her new addition or additions to the family.
But after I read it, I felt energized and moved to action. The article was very detailed and talked way more in depth about the internal emotional struggle and in the insurance and science worlds. It moved me enough to make the decision to 'come out' to my friends on facebook and share my blog with everyone. I feel strongly that this cause should get more attention for the following reasons:
- We need to come out to let others out there know that we're out here too! This is a very isolating struggle and we need to support each other.
- We need to come out to let others in our lives know how to support us in this struggle since we really do need strength from all around us.
- We need to come out to help the science get better. By getting involved in advocating for Infertility, hopefully we can push more and more studies to be done to answer these 'unexplained' cases of infertility, and help success rates increase.
- Infertility IS a disabilty.
- Infertility can cause humiliation at spending tens of thousands of dollars with nothing to show for it.
- Once successful, people want to forget and often don't support others who are going through it.
- The insurance industry likens infertility treatments to cosmetic surgery - its a want, but not a need.
- Only 15 states mandate some form of coverage for treatments.
- An average IVF cycle cost around $12,400 out of pocket.
- Even with IVF covered by insurance, women still opt out of the treatment. Its just too stressful. Here's an example: Last year, researchers at Harvard Medical School found 34% of patients under 40 yrs old WITH insurance for at least 3 IVF cycles dropped out after only 1 or 2 and 68% of patients older than 40 gave up before exhausting their coverage.
- Isolation is a defense mechanism against overload. Its not a good thing, but its what infertility patients do to protect themselves.
- There are the same rates of depression and anxiety in infertility patients as there are in cancer patients.
- There is a stigma to infertility that somehow you are less of a person. That stigma has to come completely off. Patients need to start shouting from the rooftops.