RESOLVE recently released a Fertility Scorecard, which measures each state’s “fertility friendliness.” This score is determined by considering access to medical care, emotional support for infertility, legislation, and insurance coverage. According to the group, there are an estimated 319,182 infertile individuals in Florida. Florida does not have a law requiring insurance coverage for fertility treatments. Very few states do. Infertility does not mean that having a family is impossible. There are many options available for infertile couples, even in “C” states like Florida, as there are still many doctors, fertility centers, adoption agencies, and attorneys that can help you achieve the family of your dreams.
Watch RESOLVE’s National Infertility Awareness video here! Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system. It is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year if you are under the age of 35, and for at least six months if the woman is age 35 or older. According to the Mayo Clinic, it affects an estimated 10 to 15% of couples in the United States who are trying to conceive. Infertility occurs in both women and men, and it is not something to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. There are many advances in this area of medicine that help infertile couples conceive, whether it be through hormone therapy, IVF, and/or assisted reproductive technologies such as surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation, and embryo donation.