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  • Health Insurance May Not Cover the Cost

    When young people have cancer, their family’s primary focus is to get the treatment they need to save their lives.  That’s the first priority for any cancer patient.  But for people who have not had children, there’s another urgent concern—preserving their fertility, so they can have a family in the future.  And most states do not require health insurance to cover the cost of fertility preservation.  Only about 5 percent of new cancer diagnoses happen in young people …

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  • Infertility is a common problem in the U.S.  About 10 percent of women ages 15-44 (6.1 million) have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant to deliver a healthy baby, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  And it’s not just a woman’s issue, and it’s not in her head. One third of infertility cases are caused by women’s physiological problems, one third by men’s physiological problems, and 10 percent or more by a combination of men’s and women’s.  The causes in the remaining …

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  • Help Online, In Person, and On the Phone

    If you’re struggling with infertility, you know how emotional the journey can be.  The ups and downs of fertility treatment, the excitement of taking steps to have a baby, the sadness and even grief if your efforts aren’t immediately successful—many patients describe it as an emotional roller-coaster ride.  Infertility can strain your relationship with your partner and make you feel lonely.  When your friends are having babies and you’re having trouble TTC, the pain can be hard to bear.  But you can find support …

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  • With 66 percent of employers projected to offer fertility benefits in 2019, more and more of them are trying to determine the best way to offer these benefits.  Do you just increase insurance coverage and set limits on the number of IVF cycles, or impose a lifetime cap?  Or do you get managed benefits with clinical expertise to guide your employees through the process?  A managed program, like the program offered by WINFertility, connects employees with fertility experts, helping …

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  • Pros and Cons of Oocyte Cryopreservation

    Since egg freezing became a viable reproductive technology, fertility preservation has been a concern for cancer patients, women in their late 30s, and women with a family history of early menopause.  In recent years many high-tech companies have offered egg freezing as a benefit to their employees, so they can concentrate on their careers and not worry about having a baby until later.  Increasingly, egg freezing clinics are popping up around the country, targeting millennial women with advertising and information …

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  • Asking for Fertility Benefits

    Most large employers have open enrollment for their health insurance plans in the fall each year, so their employees can select the type of plan and coverage they want for the coming year. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant next year or actively trying to conceive (TTC), open enrollment is a good time to investigate your company’s coverage of fertility treatment. And if they don’t cover fertility treatment, you can start building a case to get fertility benefits.

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  • It’s Not Because of You

    The “manosphere” is in turmoil over news of declining sperm counts in men all over the world. A landmark study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update last summer found that sperm counts dropped by more than half over four decades of data. People have been blaming everything from chemical pollution to the feminizing of men by society.

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  • How Much Time Do You Have?

    Did you know that the general fertility rate in the United States is the lowest it’s ever been? A major reason for that is millennials in their peak fertility years are delaying childbirth or even deciding not to have children. Many of them are loaded with student debt and feel they can’t afford children yet, while others are pursuing higher education or their careers. Most millennials are waiting later to marry for all these reasons and many others. They are realistic …

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  • How Advanced Reproductive Technology Has Made SET the Standard of Care in IVF

    In the past, the normal protocol in IVF treatment was to transfer two embryos, and sometimes three, to improve the chances that one embryo would implant and result in a healthy pregnancy.  The downside was a greatly increased chance of having twins or high-order multiples like triplets.

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  • Why One Baby Is Better, For You and the Baby

    The number of twin births have almost doubled in the last four decades.  Besides the effect of maternal age (i.e. older women who are able to get pregnant are more likely to have twins than younger women), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says more than one-third of twins and more than three-quarters of triplets and other high-order multiples resulted from assisted reproductive technology (ART).  The practice of transferring two …

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