Majority Believe Infertility is a Medical Condition and Want Treatments
Supported by the Healthcare System
REGINA, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Mother's Day is a celebration honoring
motherhood but for one in six Canadian couples facing the emotional and
financial burden of infertility, it can be an unbearable day. A new
survey released today shows there is a great deal in common between
today's mothers and those who have struggled with infertility,
including the age at which they wanted to have children and the age at
which they actively began trying to conceive. Mothers also have similar
attitudes towards the causes of infertility, the challenges to access
treatment and the role government should play.
Sponsored by Today's Parent Magazine and EMD Inc., Canada, the survey
uncovers both understanding and support among Moms for couples facing
infertility. Of those Moms surveyed, thirty-six per cent faced their
own issues that made it difficult for them to conceive; twenty six per
cent indicated that it took 2 years or more to become pregnant and
eighty-three per cent believe fertility should be recognized as a
medical issue. Other findings include:
Sixty-three per cent believe family physicians/primary care providers
should be raising the issue of fertility with their patients during the
course of regular medical check-ups.
Eighty-seven per cent believe cost is the single biggest challenge for
those facing infertility.
Thirty-three per cent said geographical concerns create limitations.
Ninety-two per cent believe fertility treatments are too expensive for
the average family.
Seventy-eight per cent believe more should be done to improve access to
Seventy per cent believe governments should provide financial assistance
for fertility treatments.
"My husband and I tried to start a family for seven years, undertaking
several surgeries along the way to try to help. I had to travel to
Calgary to undergo in vitro fertilization but unfortunately had to
withdraw from the procedure due to complications," says Damara Seudath
from Regina. "There are a countless number of Canadians who suffer from
infertility. It is a medical condition that is often suffered in
silence. The results of this survey are important because they show
there is solidarity and support from those who have been fortunate
enough to become mothers."
"I faced infertility in my 30s and was lucky to have success with
treatments that resulted in the birth of my son," says Anna Baker,
Infertility Saskatchewan. "As we approach Mother's Day, I would like to
challenge Canadians to consider - if your son or daughter faced this
medical condition - wouldn't you want treatment to be available to
Due to the limited access to infertility treatment services outside of
major urban cities and the average out-of-pocket cost of in vitro
fertilization treatments ranging from $6,000 to $8,000, plus
medications, many couples either can't proceed with treatment or are
faced with the decision to transfer more than one embryo per treatment
cycle to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Transferring more
than one embryo can often result in a multiple birth. Multiples are not
only a high risk pregnancy but are also 17 times more likely to be born
pre-term, require a caesarean delivery, and need expensive care at
birth and throughout their lives.
Quebec is the only province in Canada to provide universal access to in
vitro fertilization through a policy that covers the cost of treatment.
"The policy has led to a "win-win" for the healthcare system and those
facing infertility," says Dr. Allison Case and Dr. Adrian Gamelin,
Co-Directors of Aurora Reproductive Care. "Many of our patients are
young and not financially in a position to afford expensive fertility
treatments. What we have learned from the Quebec experience is that
when we reduce the financial burden on patients requiring in vitro
fertilization treatment, they are far less likely to insist on
transferring multiple embryos. Replacing fewer embryos results in
significant financial savings to the healthcare system while achieving
better health outcomes for mothers and babies. This is achieved by
reducing complicated twin pregnancies and multiple births which is not
only costly to the healthcare system and society but to families as
In Quebec, multiple pregnancies through IVF have been reduced from
approximately 30 per cent to well under 10 per cent, resulting in an
estimated cost savings to the health system of $30-$60 million per year
since the program's inception, according to statements by former Quebec
Minister of Health & Social Services Yves Bolduc.
Outside of Quebec, the rest of Canada, including Saskatchewan, has among
the highest multiple birth rates at approximately 28 per cent.
Survey Methodology: In January 2013, Rogers Connect Market Research conducted a 9 minute
online survey of adult Canadians (male and female) who have had
children/are considering having children in the near future. All
figures cited refer to Canadian mothers (defined here as women with 1
or more children). Just over 15% of all completes consisted of persons
who have made use of fertility treatments in the past or were currently
undergoing fertility treatments. A total of 1104 Canadian mothers
participated in the survey.
The Today's Parent survey on infertility was sponsored by EMD Inc.,
Canada, in support of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (CIAW), which
runs from May 19 - 25, and the various patient associations who work to
raise awareness of infertility. EMD Inc., Canada is a pharmaceutical
company which specializes in providing products and services to address
the needs of patients in the areas of fertility, endocrinology and
neurodegenerative diseases. EMD Inc., Canada is an affiliate of Merck
KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
About Infertility Saskatchewan
Infertility Saskatchewan is a patient group advocating for public
funding of infertility treatments and improved access to quality,
Image with caption: "Mother's day survey reveals motherly support for one in six Canadian couples suffering from infertility. Majority of Moms believe infertility is a medical condition and want treatments supported by the healthcare system. (CNW Group/Infertility Saskatchewan)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130503_C3109_PHOTO_EN_26297.jpg
SOURCE: Infertility Saskatchewan
For further information:
For more information and to speak to Dr. Allison Case or Dr. Adrian Gamelin, Co-Directors of Aurora Reproductive Care, Damara Seudath from Regina, or Anna Baker of Infertility Saskatchewan, please contact: