I wanted to talk about health insurance. Most times it seems to cover too little, cost too much, and is a big big hassle. I do happen to have very good insurance but I think that it will be changing in about a year. But one of the readers mentioned that they were envious that mine included 4 IVF's. I am very fortunate. It didn't really change my circumstances but it did at least put my mind at ease to know that I'm pretty much screwed.
I mention all of this because since I discovered that I was infertile I was very afraid that I would not have any IVF coverage and I would never know if IVF would've worked for me or not. My heart goes out to the many of you who do not have the means or the coverage to allow you to try IVF. That is a whole other Mind F*** all together. I'm not trying to make anyone feel even worse about their situation, but no one ever seems to talk about it. What I've learned from reading other blogs is that there are a lot of wealthy or possibly very in debt people out there. We live in America. IF seems as if it is an epidemic that no one outside of the blog world is acknowledging. It is a sin that insurance does not at least cover one IVF procedure. Every woman needs to know that she has the option to try every thing she needs to to put her weary mind at ease. I often thing that after I've come to terms with my situation and all of my drama is over, I need to start contacting my congressmen/women and get some petitions started on behalf of women's fertility rights. If this were happening to a man I would not be surprised if there were at least some sort of minimal coverage. I once read that going through IF is one of the most stressful things a woman can go through. Depression rates of IF women mirror those of women with depression and heart disease. How do we not have coverage? For IF women, having children becomes a privilege not a choice. Can you or can't you afford the procedures? Are you willing to mortgage your future? It's so wrong. During one of my visits to the clinic I asked the nurse how people are possibly paying for all of these treatments during a recession. She told me that business had not slowed and believed that many parents were contributing towards their child's procedures. So I've started an unofficial poll. Feel free to weigh in!