#Infertilityuncovered is the theme for National Infertility Awareness Week, April 21-27, 2019. And what exactly are we uncovering about Infertility? Facts that many patients are aware of…and others need to know!
Did you know that 1 in 8 families are impacted by Infertility? This does not take into account the further-reaching impact on the friends, families, employers, and support systems of those that are struggling with infertility.
“Unfortunately, Infertility, like many diseases, also affects those who are involved in the lives of patients, either prior to, during or after treatment,” says Elena Trukhacheva, MD, MSCI, President and Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Institute with offices throughout the Chicago area. “Infertility is a disease that is not necessarily ‘seen’ but is intimately felt by those who suffer from it and has a ripple effect on many things in their everyday lives.” Many patients share that their inability, or difficulty in conceiving, often keeps them isolated from those who have not struggled to create their families. This, along with what can be a rollercoaster of emotions throughout a potentially time consuming process, can be the ‘elephant in the room’ for many in interactions with family, friends and co-workers. Uncovering Awareness.
Did you know that as many as 50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage? Many of these miscarriages occur before the pregnancy is even realized, but 10%-25% of clinically recognized pregnancies also suffer from this loss. Miscarriages are more common in the first trimester, but can occur at any time during the pregnancy. Uncovering these sobering statistics brings awareness to the great number of women and families who have undergone these losses, whether they are deemed ‘infertile’ or not.
Many infertility patients experience multiple losses, known as Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), which may be the first signal that treatment is warranted. Yet, so many suffer in silence and if not for the admission and sharing of stories by women such as Former First Lady Michelle Obama who experienced miscarriage first hand, many women would not realize the commonality of their condition. Uncovering Options.
Did you know that many patients who suffer from medically recognized conditions that cause Infertility (Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Male Factor Infertility et al) are still not eligible for health insurance coverage for treatment? While some states are mandated by law to provide insurance coverage, far more are not, leaving patients having to pay out of pocket to treat their conditions and create or grow their family.
There are options that exist to help fund treatment if not covered by insurance such as WINFertility and Progyny to name a few, but most only hear the words ‘no coverage available’ and are quickly discouraged by a medical disease that cannot utilize health insurance. Uncovering Financial Assistance.
Did you know that patients who are in same sex relationships, single parents by choice or those recovering from another disease (such as Cancer) that has impacted their fertility, generally go directly to treatment? While there are many ways to achieve success for these patients, they must start at a spot that most do not want to end up. Uncovering Differences.
“There are so many different aspects of Infertility and treatment,” says Dr. Trukhacheva. “Our goal is to meet our patients wherever they are and provide them with the help they need. National Infertility Awareness Week is a great time to bring awareness to this!”