It’s not supposed to be hard. Getting pregnant and having babies, starting a family is supposed to be the easiest, naturalist thing in the world. Except when it’s not. And when it’s not-there is nothing more difficult than establishing the family you’ve always expected you’d have. Personally, I never thought there would be an issue getting knocked up. No one else in my family has had a problem. So being smacked in the face with PCOS and endo was the nightmare I never thought I’d wake up from.
Unfortunately, I am far from alone. It’s estimated that as many as one in 8 women faces infertility, or struggles with pregnancy at one point in their life. One in 8. That’s insane! In addition to the difficulty factor, it’s not supposed to cost a fortune to start a family either. But for girls like me, money is the ever present elephant in the room. Infertility is a health condition, and no woman or couple should have to pay a fortune for the treatment they need to be well. Or to get pregnant. We pay for prenatal care and birth control, why don’t we pay for the diagnostics and treatments to help a woman be healthy? And don’t get me started on the cost of adoption! From the lawyers to the home study to the emotional cost of having your life scrutinized to determine if you can be a fit parent-good grief!
That’s why I love this week. National Infertility Awareness Week gives us a chance to stand out among the crowd and say that this isn’t ok. Insurance companies need to assist ALL their clients. And infertility can no longer be the taboo topic that it has always been. So I encourage you to take a stand. Get involved and advocate, because we’ll never make a change unless we all join in!
For more information on advocacy or just general info, take a look at resolve.org. It is PHENOMENAL when it comes to helping out and getting the word out. So join the movement, and let’s make infertility a thing of the past!