One in three American parents worry their children may suffer from infertility in the future*, according to a survey commissioned by LifeSpring Insurance Services and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults age 18+. It asked Americans about their attitudes toward issues connected to growing a family and dealing with infertility.
Infertility and American families
Primary infertility has caused more than a quarter of Americans/their families to seek treatment for it, and Americans are concerned about the impact and expense of treating infertility. A majority of parents say giving their children an opportunity to become parents is important: 78% of parents say it’s important to them that their children can have their own biological children one day.* 45% of parents of kids under 18 would be/would have been interested in a health insurance policy to protect their child(ren) or future children from future primary infertility.**
Americans also place importance on becoming grandparents. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say becoming a grandparent is an important milestone to them. Adults ages 35-44 are more likely than their younger peers (age 18-34) and older peers (45+) to say becoming a grandparent is an important milestone to them (75% vs. 65% and 64%). Women are more likely than men to say becoming a grandparent is an important milestone to them (69% vs. 63%). Only 30% percent of Americans think they will be seen differently or judged by their friends if they don’t have grandchildren someday, with men age 65+ more likely to feel this way than women 65+ (23% vs 11 %).**
Expense of infertility treatment
The LifeSpring infertility insurance policy is an answer to a familiar sentiment: that treating infertility costs too much.
- 86% of Americans say infertility treatments are too expensive for most Americans.*
- Most Americans think treatments should be affordable for anyone who needs it* (84%), and women are more likely than men to feel this way (88% vs. 80%).*
Optimism for future treatments
Americans are optimistic about future treatments for infertility.
- Over 7 in 10 Americans (71%) believe infertility may be cured by new medical treatments within the next 15 years.*
- Men age 45-54 are more likely than women age 45-54 to believe that infertility may be cured by new medical treatments within the next 15 years (79% vs. 66%).*
Nearly 1 in 3 Americans (31%) would be/would have been interested in health insurance policy to protect their children or future children from future primary infertility.**
What do you think?
Survey Methods: Two surveys were conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of LifeSpring: *October 15 – 17, 2019 among 2,018 U.S. adults ages 18 and older among whom 1,172 are parents, and ** September 19-23, 2019 among 2,076 U.S. adults ages 18 and older among whom 819 are parents of children 18 and under. These online surveys are not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.