It seems the awareness and information gap about many fertility issues is wider than we thought, according to a 2017 report.
A new survey from the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) finds that 7 million men and women currently face infertility. But most women don't discuss fertility issues with their doctors until the doctor brings it up.
The 2017 Trends in Infertility Survey and Report, released during National Infertility Awareness Week, points to several misconceptions about infertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF) among would-be parents. For instance, 86 percent of participants believe their biological clock starts ticking after 35. Raises hand. But the truth is, peak fertility actually occurs in your mid-20s.
The survey reveals that finances are a big hurdle for many couples hoping to grow their families. In fact, two-thirds would be willing to switch jobs if an employer offered infertility treatments as part of their healthcare plan. That's no wonder, given that just one cycle of IVF can cost upwards of $12,000! But according to the report, just 15 states offer mandates for fertility care.
Another barrier for seeking fertility treatments such as IVF is a concern about having multiples. The report notes that new protocol is allowing for increased success in singleton pregnancies, however, that's something I'll admit I was not aware of!
Ultimately, the report's aim is to close the awareness and information gap for couples who hope to conceive, and to encourage conversations, earlier rather than later, about fertility between patients and healthcare providers.
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.