Just a few weeks ago I was talking to a girlfriend about how lucky we both were – we got married soon after finishing our under graduate programs of university, were able to get stable jobs fairly quickly, and started our families before we turned 30. Not everyone can get as quick a start as we did. Finding a good career has become harder, and expenses like school loans & buying a house can be just a few reasons why couples decide to wait to start a family. That is if you have even found “Mr. Right” by that point in time. Unfortunately, a woman’s body doesn’t listen to logic and reason, it just follows the tick tock of its biological clock.
Just like bringing birth centres to Ontario, there are some health care decisions that just make sense, and having public funding for medically recommended in vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of those. As more and more women are facing infertility due to many complex factors including age, health conditions or completely unknown cause they are turning to reproductive technologies to help them create a family. This has lead to an increase in multiple births: a 45% increase from 1991 – 2008 alone! Multiple births are more like to have complications such as premature birth, underweight babies, and higher rates of disability.
Now it would be easy to say, from the outside, well just limit the number of embryos transferred to one when IVF is done. However IVF is a costly procedure and when you have mortgaged your house, drained your RRSP and savings for the hope of creating a family, you are likely willing to take more risks as you may only get one try. That is why Conceivable Dreams is asking the Ontario government to take action and fund medically recommended IVF for infertile couples. Since Quebec began funding IVF treatment, in which single embryo transfers are mandatory, the number of multiple births has dropped to 5% from 30%.
With 1 in 6 couples struggling with infertility, we ALL know someone who has dealt with this whether they have talked about it publicly or not.
Check out the video below to see the issues facing many couples and how the Ontario Government can support families
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. All opinions are strictly my own