Thursday, February 4, 2010

Infertility Classified as a Disease

I learned from another blogger (Hurdles of Life, Love, and Family) that the World Health Organization has classified Infertility as a disease.  Read the press release here.

What do you think?  Like someone else said to me, maybe this means more insurance companies will help with treatments now.  Let's hope. 

I've lucked out this year because I upgraded my insurance plan to cover up to $10,000 in treatments (after a $500 deductible), plus coverage of all prescriptions and tests (including all those pesky ultrasounds I've been getting lately).  I have to pay an additional $2,000 over the course of the year on the premium, but I think we will get at least that back in tests and treatments.  I think it was a good idea.  Some people, though, do not have that option.  Even though I would much rather everything be covered, I'm lucky to have any coverage and I think everyone should have this option.  It's sad that some people may never have the chance to start a family because of the overwhelming cost of getting pregnant. 


  1. You're absolutely right!! I think the worse part is that the reason insurance don't cover fertility treatments is because they classify having a family as "a lifestyle choice". But (here's the kicker) they cover birth control, abortion, and even viagra... hmmmm last time I checked I beleive that not having a child and having sex were also "lifestyle choices".

  2. I agree with Maddie. There is such a double standard and it pisses me off. Glad you upgraded your coverage. That is wonderful!