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Making Infertility Mainstream

Infertility has been kept on the down low for quite some time now. Millions of people do it but it is not recognized as it should be.

The weight of what families go through it in my opinion is down played. Infertility is popular among the families that experience it’s wrath. But if the statistic is 7.3 million families are using assisted reproduction in some manner  in the United States alone shouldn’t this be a more mainstream topic? Shouldn’t there be more readily available services to those in need of it? And shouldn’t it be more reasonably priced. Cheaper! Why do families have to be penalized if they do not have the means to use assisted reproduction. The penalty being that they cannot have  the children and family they so deeply want. Or being forced to sell everything you hold dear homes, cars to make your dream become a reality.

I feel there should be a more even playing field out there. Now I am no accountant  but if the number sits at 7.3 million and services can go as high as 50,000 a cycle. That means that the drug companies and doctors are reaping many of the benefits of infertility. While families are going broke. I see something wrong with this picture.

When I did IVF in New York City at a very well known clinic I was amazed at the fertility wing. I have never seen a hospital like it. It was a sight to behold. It was like the hospital was paved with gold. I felt like I walked onto the set of the Matrix. Now I also delivered at the same hospital. And when they wheeled me to my room I was looking for the place  had had my transfer. But that was the other wing I was told. I was truly disappointed.

So it would seem to be that this is a mainstream condition that is being more than compensated for by extremely wealthy investors. IVF clinics are in competition with one another with the latest scientific break throughs and live birth counts. That is how they judge it at the end of the day. How many live births did the facility have that year. The personalization of the process is reduced to numbers.

I feel like the families doing it should also be compensated in some way. And yes being able to get pregnant is a compensation. But what about the lead up to becoming pregnant. The psychological stress that woman are under. That should be addressed in the process, for everyone. The toll that takes on families should be factored into the process a family goes through before and after. Perhaps that is a lofty unrealistic thought but accurate.

I think the world of infertility has not been truly tapped into yet.  Well that’s my 2 cents.

xClaudia

23 Responses to “Making Infertility Mainstream”

  1. Lana Cocco says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog. As a woman in her mid- thirtes I too am having some difficulty conceiving and the more knowledge I have the better armed I am to take the next step. I really appreciate your insight and thoughts on the subject of infertiliy.I find it very conforting as I try to understand where I am in this process. Thanks! Lana

  2. Grace says:

    I would tend to agree with your argument. It does seem unfair for some to profit from the suffering and desperation of others. Part of the problem might be attributed to people’s reticence to openly discuss their fertility issues. It seems that many are ashamed of having had reproductive assistance and therefore do not speak up about the enormous cost of IVF and other fertility treatments.

  3. Claudia says:

    Hi Grace

    I think that may be a part of the problem. Woman are still ashamed in some aspects and it does take away any of the fight for our own personal rights.

  4. Claudia says:

    The more you know the more control you take over your own process. That is how I feel about it.
    Something as simple as being aware of not breathing properly makes a difference in your quality of life.
    xClaudia

  5. Emily says:

    The more you know the more control you take over your own process. That is how I feel about it.
    Something as simple as being aware of not breathing properly makes a difference in your quality of life.
    xClaudia

  6. Emily says:

    Hi Grace

    I think that may be a part of the problem. Woman are still ashamed in some aspects and it does take away any of the fight for our own personal rights.

  7. Amy says:

    I would tend to agree with your argument. It does seem unfair for some to profit from the suffering and desperation of others. Part of the problem might be attributed to people’s reticence to openly discuss their fertility issues. It seems that many are ashamed of having had reproductive assistance and therefore do not speak up about the enormous cost of IVF and other fertility treatments.

  8. Amy says:

    Hi Grace

    I think that may be a part of the problem. Woman are still ashamed in some aspects and it does take away any of the fight for our own personal rights.

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    Thanks for the stats. There must be environmental reasons for part of the number being so high. It is something that you hear of much more.
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