This week April 19-April 25, is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). In recognition of NIAW, we would like to share some of the basic facts about fertility and infertility
- 1 in 8 couples in the US will have trouble getting pregnant or holding on to a pregnancy.
- Normal fertile couples have a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant each month on their own.
- Women under 35 should see a specialist after a year of unprotected intercourse. Those over 35 should wait only 6 months, and those with risk factors such as irregular cycles or possible tubal damage, perhaps even sooner.
- The causes of infertility are equal divided between the female partner, the male partner and a combination of both.
- The Affordable Care Act (also known as healthcare reform or Obamacare) neither requires nor prevents coverage for fertility treatment. However in states with mandated fertility coverage, it may have have a negative impact on your chances for coverage.
- Only a small portion of couples with infertility actually require advanced technologies such as IVF.
- States that require IVF coverage actually have lower rates of triplets and quadruplets.