For couples that struggle to have a child, there are treatment options. Fertility treatments may include drug therapy or a surgical procedure. Some couples go through a process often called artificial insemination.
Research shows that 7.4 million women have pursued and received some type of treatment for infertility in their lifetime. An estimated 3.3 to 4.7 million men have sought help for possible infertility. According to ongoing research, one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third is attributed to the male partner, and the last one-third is attributed to unknown problems are issues related to both partners. This research demonstrates that this is not only a women's issue.
Centers that specialize in infertility can help couples identify the problem and address the problem to allow for conception. In vitro fertilization or IVF can be a long emotional process for both partners. However, it has been proven effective over and over again.
Overall, roughly 44% of women with fertility problems have pursued medical help from an expert. Of those women, 65% have given birth. Possible treatments do not offer an overnight solution. The process typically takes time over the course several appointments. However, in the majority of case, the result is a happy, healthy baby.
So far, fifteen different states have made it mandatory for insurance companies to offer some kind of coverage for treatments. Those states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia. This doesn't mean you can't get coverage for treatment in other states; these are just the states that have mandated it.
In addition to possible insurance coverage, many centers offer financing to help with IVF cost. IVF financing will be different from one center to the next, so it is important to ask for that information before making a decision.
Generally speaking, fertility for women starts to decline at age 30 with steeper drops when they reach age 35. By age 40, fertility is low, and only two out of every five women trying to have a baby will be successful. While women are most fertile between the ages 20 and 24, that doesn’t mean young women don’t experience infertility problems.
There is a wide range of reasons a woman may experience infertility. Add to that potential fertility issues in the male partner, and fertility quickly becomes a very complex issue. A fertility specialist can help by first identifying the problem and source of infertility, and then they can propose a solution to the problem.
While many people think of infertility treatment as surgical procedures and potentially expensive medications, there are other simple fixes that may increase fertility. An infertility specialist can accurate diagnose the problem and present your options.