With one in eight couples suffering from infertility and 7.3 million women requiring infertility treatment during their reproductive years—according to the National Survey of Family Growth—infertility has become a pervasive and silent tormentor, often shrouded in secrecy and shame. Impacting men and women alike, infertility does not discriminate and can have devastating long-term effects, physically, emotionally, and financially.
For those struggling with infertility the battle can be all consuming. In addition to the toll it can take on a woman’s body and the emotional dejection of multiple failed cycles, the financial burden placed on couples battling infertility cannot be overstated. The average cost of one-round of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in the United States is $12,500 not including medication costs, which can range from $1,000-$5,000 per round of IVF. And, because IVF is not guaranteed to result in pregnancy, many couples may require multiple rounds to become pregnant.
Currently, only 15 states recognize infertility as a disease and have enacted laws that mandate employers cover some form of infertility treatment, only 8 of those states (Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) require employers to cover the cost of IVF through their health insurance plans. The remaining 7 states provide only basic levels of coverage, primarily to cover costs of treatment towards the diagnosis of infertility itself.
While Ohio mandates insurance coverage for the medical procedures necessary to diagnose infertility such as ultrasounds, exploratory procedures, and doctor consultations, it does not mandate coverage for treatment of infertility. Similarly, Kentucky and Indiana have no laws mandating coverage. As a result, approximately 85% of infertility patients in the Greater Cincinnati area are self-paying, due to the lack of health insurance coverage.
The burdens imposed on a couple battling infertility are enormous. Because infertility is a little-known and often misunderstood disease, those diagnosed with infertility can feel isolated and alone. Parental Hope’s mission is to raise infertility awareness and provide emotional and financial support to hopeful couples battling infertility. We do that in the following ways:
1. Through the Parental Hope Family Grants, we help alleviate the financial burden of infertility.
2. Through various events and public outreach, Parental Hope advocates for those struggling with infertility by raising awareness and educating the public.
3. Through quarterly peer-led support, Parental Hope helps alleviate the emotional burden of couples battling infertility.
Parental Hope is an organization operated by individuals who have personally battled and overcome infertility. The working board, none of whom receive a salary from Parental Hope, are dedicated to supporting those battling infertility, and raising awareness in the community.
A donation to Parental Hope will directly support couples diagnosed as infertile who need financial support to achieve their dream of parenthood.