What Does Personhood Mean for IVF?
You may have heard that there are several “personhood” bills that have been introduced at the state and Federal level. You may be wondering what personhood is and how it might impact you, particularly if you are among the one in eight individuals that are affected by infertility. The primary goal of the personhood bills is to make abortion illegal, but, ironically, it would also have negative effects on those who are trying very hard to have a baby and have to rely on ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) to build their families.
Every couple dealing with infertility faces challenges. This often includes problems with access to affordable infertility services such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). For one group – wounded American veterans – an outdated 30-year ban on funding for IVF made family-building a distant dream for those already dealing with devastating service-related injuries.
You’ve probably heard of endometriosis since more than 7 million American women – and 176 million women worldwide – have the condition. About 25-50% of women dealing with infertility have endometriosis, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). All stages of endometriosis can potentially contribute to infertility, probably for different reasons in different women, depending on the amount of endometriosis and other individual health characteristics.
The Benefits of Infertility Coverage for You and Your Employer
How family friendly is your workplace? It depends on your perspective. If you and your partner are among the 1 in 8 American couples facing infertility, you’d give your employer a high score if they offered a benefit package that covers treatment for infertility services. After all, it’s the employer that decides your benefits, not an insurance company.
New Year, New Healthier You, New Baby?
At the start of every New Year, most of us pledge to do better to meet healthy lifestyle goals. For some, the stakes are especially high given that evidence shows good health positively impacts fertility. For those of you trying to get pregnant, there are positive, proactive steps you can take now to improve your potential.
In general, the healthier you are, the better your chances for getting and staying pregnant and delivering a healthy baby. Evidence shows adopting specific healthy behaviors are relevant to both future mothers AND fathers.