7 Ways Infertility Has Changed In the Last 25 Years
Dealing with fertility issues isn't easy, but if you want find to a bright side, take a minute to consider all the options infertile couples have in 2014 compared to the very limited choices available for fertility treatment in the past. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Infertility Awareness Week, RESOLVE recently took a "now and then" look at fertility care. Get ready to be grateful for the times we live in!
Change for the Better: More Specialized Fertility Care
If you experienced fertility issues in 1989, it’s likely that your OB/GYN would have been the one to both diagnose and treat you. In 2014? Depending on the issues you’re facing, you might be referred to a reproductive endocrinologist or another fertility specialist trained in IVF and related treatment options.
Change for the Better: Improved (For Some) Insurance Coverage
We’re still not there yet, but thanks to advances made through the Affordable Care Act and other state laws and state programs calling for health care reform, more couples than ever before have insurance that will cover infertility treatments, including IVF.
Change for the Better: The Internet
Think of how much you’ve learned about infertility from reading on the web. Back in 1989, could your local public library have given you the latest research study on IUI and ICI…in the blink of an eye? Sure, Dr. Google can sometimes be worrisome or flat out wrong, but aren’t you glad Dr. Google is there when you need to look up the side effects of Clomid at 2 am?
Change for the Better: Technological Advancements
In 1989, not too much time had passed since the first babies born via IVF made headlines around the world. In 2014? In addition to IVF, we now have an entire alphabet of fertility options from ICI, IUI, GIFT, and ICSI to ZIFT. Women also have the ability to use donor eggs, or freeze their own eggs for future use. Aren’t you glad we live in the future?
Change for the Better: OTC Fertility Trackers
Back in the day, woman had their calendars for tracking fertility, and not much else. Thanks to technological advancement, it’s now possible to walk into a drugstore and walk out with an ovulation prediction kit that’s generally accepted as pretty darn accurate. You can also download apps to your smartphone that will send you a text when you’re at your most fertile. Were pagers even invented in 1989?
Change for the Better: Natural Fertility Health
In 1989, the notion that you would turn to yoga or acupuncture as a way to cope with infertility would have not gone over well in most doctor’s offices. In 2014? Don’t be surprised if your doctor is the one who suggests you do these things! As science learns more about the role stress and other lifestyle factors play in fertility, the medical establishment is starting to come around to the notion that alternative health practices may be more helpful than previously thought.
Change for the Better: Reduced Stigma
Twenty five years ago, infertility was still one of those topics that people “just didn’t talk about.” Since then, celebrities ranging from Mariah Carey to Jimmy Fallon have gone public with the help they needed to overcome fertility issues; organizations such as RESOLVE offer face-to-face support groups; and across the web, including here on BabyZone, communities of women and men hold a 24/7 conversation concerning their fertility struggles and successes. Infertility IS something we talk about in 2014.
One of the biggest hurdles faced by couples dealing with infertility? The cost of fertility treatments. From IVF to IUI to prescription fertility meds, what can you expect to pay? Seven women share the cost of their treatments—and whether they were successful. You may be surprised at some of these prices!view gallery
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