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How to Increase Your Access to Infertility Treatment?

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

The inability to have children is traumatic for a couple. When they can’t conceive naturally, they approach a fertility specialist and undergo fertility treatment to get the desired result. But what if a couple is unable to get access to the treatment? What are the barriers and how can they increase the access to fertility treatment?



It has been observed that many couples are:

Not reaching out for fertility help

Many couples struggling with infertility avoid seeking fertility help. The social stigma, distrust or fear of doctors, religious beliefs, pricey treatment and waiting for luck and time to favour, are reasons why they avoid going to the doctor, getting tested and treated.

Lack of funds

Most of the infertility treatments are expensive. Lack of health insurance or fertility benefits in health insurance and assuming the treatment will be expensive, limits a couple’s access to the treatment.

Before we discuss on how you can improve access to fertility care, work towards optimizing your chances of getting pregnant.

Your health is pivotal

Firstly, get your health in best shape. Many medical problems like obesity, thyroid imbalance and diabetes minimize your chances to conceive naturally. Once you are healthier, there are chances you may not need fertility treatment at all.

Awareness about fertility and its management

Awareness is knowledge, which gives you more clarity in what options are available and the costs involved, what steps can be taken to optimize your chances of getting pregnant Find out a social group where couples are facing similar issues. By talking to them, you get to know about doctors, what are the cost effective treatment options and above all, give you a relief that you are not alone in the infertility journey.

Next, never assume the treatment is unaffordable. First, find out what are the financial options available, what all does the health insurance cover. What discounts are available on treatment, medications as well as the borrowing options for fertility treatment are othr areas you need to focus on. Check with your doctor and try to reduce the cost as much as possible.

Explain your financial situation to the doctor and see where the cost can be minimized. For instance, using less expensive medicines.

For a basic fertility testing to be carried out, look for free or discounted health services available in hospitals or health care centres.

Fertility treatment access should be a human right. By being aware, a couple is well-informed about the various treatment options and can plan out with their doctor a treatment, which is not only affordable but also an effective treatment option.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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