Part of being a parent is wanting to provide your children with the best possible future they can have. Most parents consider college, cars, and weddings the extent of the financial barriers their children may face in the future. And you might even have considered the health and physical well-being of your child. But have you ever considered the idea that your children might have infertility?
The issue of infertility is steadily growing in awareness. If you are familiar with the struggle of infertility either through personal experience or through watching a family member or friend navigate through infertility, then you understand the depth and impact of infertility.
Common Infertility Myths
Unfortunately, the subject of infertility is also encased in plenty of misconceptions. One false assumption is that if you struggled with infertility, your children will struggle as well. This is not entirely true. While your child may be more inclined to be diagnosed with infertility, each case of infertility is unique to each couple.
Let’s take a look at some of the myths about infertility, your child’s odds of having infertility, and what solutions are available.
Myth 1: Infertility is only a female issue.
Infertility affects both men and women. About one third of infertility is associated with female, one third with male, and one third is a combination or unknown.
Myth 2: Infertility is not common.
Infertility is more common than you think. With infertility affecting 1 in 8 couples, infertility is a common diagnosis impacting 12% of Americans.
Myth 3: Infertility is genetic or is a hereditary trait.
There are several genetic traits that can be linked to infertility. There is, however, a general misconception that infertility is primarily a genetic trait. There are some genetic factors that can play into a child’s odds of having infertility, such as PCOS. The following are some of the common causes of infertility according to the Mayo Clinic:
Common Causes of infertility for Women
- Ovulation disorders, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), Hyperprolactinemia, thyroid disorders, etc.
- Uterine or cervical abnormalities
- Fallopian tube damage or blockage
- Primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause)
- Pelvic adhesions
- Cancer and its treatment
Common Causes of infertility for Men
- Abnormal sperm production or function
- Problems with the delivery of sperm
- Overexposure to certain environmental factors such as pesticides and other chemicals and radiation
- Damage related to cancer and its treatment
Outside of these common indicators of infertility, there are also other factors that can heighten a person’s risk of being infertile. Some of these risk factors include, age, tobacco use, alcohol use, being underweight or overweight, and lifestyle issues. There are many unknowns about infertility today. Hopefully as time goes on, physicians will be able to determine more causes and refine treatments for infertility.
What does this mean for my child?
You simply will not know if your children have infertility until they are older. Regardless of existing conditions, you don’t know if your child or their future partner will be among the 12% of couples who suffer from infertility.
What can I do right now to help my child?
If your child is under the age of 13, you might consider infertility insurance as a solution to plan for your child’s future family. LifeSpring offers an innovative supplementary health insurance policy for Texas children ages 0-13. This Primary Infertility Assistance Policy covers them and their future partner when they are older and ready to have a family. Give us a call at (844) 443-4979 or send us a text – we are here to answer any of your questions about insurance planning.