Paying for Fertility Treatments

There was a good informational article in Time’s Healthland today about paying for the cost of fertility treatments. The figure quoted in the article for the average cost of IVF was a little over $8,000 and didn’t even include the cost of medications., in many cases this can end up being between $12K-$15K. I don’t know about you, but that’s a sizeable amount to save, not to mention that many couples end up having to do IVF more than once to have a successful cycle. (Let’s leave out the part of the emotional cost and those horrid bruises from all the injections).

Currently, only 15 states have mandated infertility coverage. Even the coverage in these states has very explicit details about what they will cover, timeframe, diagnosis and then there are caps to the coverage, although it is still some financial relief to those trying to conceive. If you do not happen to live in one of these 15 states there may be other options available to you listed in the article here,

While options are still limited today (?Why?) , there are some alternatives to loans, although everyone should decide what will work best for them based on their financial position. The RESOLVE organization has some helpful information on different types of insurance companies and what basic coverage does/does not cover in general. Make sure to check out their pages on how to get involved!


Ib2c Mentioned in the Medical Device Daily!

Ib2C was mentioned in the Medical Device Daily today, Thursday, June 14th, 2012. The company was briefly mentioned at the end of an article on Auxogyn. The article was about companies that are developing products to address the population suffering from infertility. Auxogyn- with their first product on Early Embryo Viability. OvaScience, INVO Bioscience, Incept BioSystems and Ib2C.

In the News: WHO warning and Endometriosis Treatment Study

WHO WARNING: Press coming from the World Health Organization yesterday warned of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea or the “clap”. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that causes infertility, complications with pregnancies, babies being born with eye-infections that cause blindness, as well as it makes it easier to contract HIV.  The article went on to explain that over the next few years it is predicted that this disease will become a super-bug, resistant to all forms of treatment. The WHO has called for extra surveillance from those administering the drug and increasing education on safe-sex to all. Please practice safe sex!

ENDOMETRIOSIS TREATMENT STUDY: Abbott Laboratories released press that they will begin phase 3 of their clinical studies on Elagolix, a potential new treatment for the many women suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis causes uterine cells to grow in other areas of the body (outside of the uterus) leading to excruciating pain, inflammation, abnormal bleeding and infertility. This is exciting news, here is to hoping a treatment becomes available to those suffering. While it will be years before anything is completed, it is one step closer to finding a treatment for women with endometriosis.

Summer Fruits = Antioxidants!

From the archives: Summer fruits have lots of antioxidants which can help aid infertility.

Have you been eating your blueberries? Recent studies have shown that foods full of antioxidants may promote overall sexual health; by balancing your oxidative stress and nitric oxide.

With oxidative stress being an underlying factor for infertility, if we can find a way to help balance that out, we may be able to increase our chances for conception.

Below is a list of some foods rich in antioxidants, eat up!

  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries
  • Red kidney beans, pinto beans.
  • Avocados, plums, pineapple, kiwi, cherry
  • Green tea
  • Artichokes, broccoli, sweet potatoes
  • Walnuts, pecans
  • Dark chocolate!
Not only may a diet rich in foods full of antioxidants help combat infertility, it also may help against other diseases such as heart disease. But as always, too much of a good thing can be bad, just watch your daily value intake; especially that of beta-carotene and Vitamin E.
Have a great Friday!
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