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  • Fertility Benefits Plus Adoption and Surrogacy

    More and more companies are offering fertility benefits to their employees.  The number of companies providing these benefits has been increasing dramatically.  Fertility benefits are becoming a valuable recruitment and retention tool.  This trend began in the high-tech industry with companies like Facebook, Google, PayPal, Intel and Salesforce, who were in the top 10 tech companies with the best fertility …

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  • Less Shame and More Sharing?

    Throughout history people have viewed infertility as shameful and demeaning.  Usually the woman was thought to be at fault if a couple had problems trying to conceive.    Women were usually blamed—or blame themselves—for miscarriages.  People didn’t tell others they were undergoing fertility treatment, or only told their closest family members.  Not being able to have a baby made both women and men feel inadequate, like they were failing.  Losing a pregnancy meant you had to mourn in silence.

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  • Coping Hints to Help You Through the Season

    When you’re TTC and not having success, the last thing you may want to do is sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with a large group of relatives or go to a holiday party with people who don’t know that you’re in fertility treatment.  Many people find the holidays stressful even when they’re not trying to get pregnant.  Seeing other people’s babies and children can cut like a knife when you want your own so badly.  When you’re in fertility treatment, well-meaning people can say things and give advice that’s …

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  • Is Being Covered Enough?

    The vast majority of people in the U.S. live in states which do not mandate insurance coverage for fertility treatment.  Only 16 states have infertility insurance coverage laws.  And what insurance is required to cover varies greatly from state to state.  In fact, only eight states (Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) require coverage of IVF treatment, and some of them have significant …

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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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