Erika Alvarez

Infertility can feel extremely isolating for couples. If this is something you or a loved one are dealing with, you may feel alone and find it difficult to talk with friends and family.

Even if it feels that way, support is out there. You are not alone, and there are many tools, resources, and people you can speak with to keep you informed with the options available to you and help you rediscover a new sense of hope.

Where Can I Get Support? 

Support doesn’t just have to come from one person or a single book. There are many different sources you can find the help you need. Articles and books can provide information and a deeper dive into some of the emotional struggles one might deal with when facing infertility.

Support groups or other types of meetings can help you by speaking with others who have gone through or are going through similar struggles. Counseling with a professional, be it couples or individuals, can help you identify tools and strategies you can use to help rediscover hope. 

Finding the Right Support Group For You

Support groups can be such a wonderful source of insight, information, and emotional support. To settle on the right support group for you in your area, we suggest speaking with your doctor. For additional information, you can check out the organizations below.

Resources Available to Guide Individuals Coping with Infertility

Here are a few more resources that might help you. Feel free to reach out to us, as well, if you have any questions.

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This is ASRM’s patient website. It’s a great resource that has answers to many frequently asked questions, along with videos and fact sheets.  
  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association was founded in 1974. They provide many resources, including assistance in finding peer-support groups. 
  • Single Mothers by Choice offers info and support to single women who are considering or have chosen this path. 
  • Parents Via Egg Donation: An organization created to provide information to parents and parents-to-be and to share information about all facets of the egg donation process. 
  • Choice Moms is an organization founded to help single women who decide to become mothers either through adoption or conception.
  • LIVESTRONG Fertility. This initiative of LIVESTRONG’s mission is a dedication to providing reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
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Egg Freezing Benefits

Egg freezing can enable a woman to delay pregnancy until a later stage without having to worry about a potential decline in fertility.

While there is no organization that collects national data for this purpose, 54 clinics across the U.S. told TIME that “women freezing their eggs had increased year-over-year.”

According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, there was an increase in egg freezing of 2,695% from 2009 to 2018.

Benefits of Egg Freezing

Let’s take a quick overview of a few key benefits of egg freezing.

The first reason is that egg freezing helps allow you—even years down the line—to ensure that you can have biological children with your own eggs. As women are born with a finite number of eggs and they decrease over time, freezing your eggs at a young age will allow you to save a larger portion of them than if you were to wait. 

Egg freezing puts the balance between career and family in your hands. You no longer have to choose. And it can take massive amounts of stress off your shoulders, where you don’t have to settle with a partner just to have a child. 

When might egg freezing be a great option for you?

The following are some reasons that women freeze their eggs:

Career and Educational Plans 

Women who are in taxing careers or who are actively pursuing an advanced degree may wish to freeze their eggs when they are young to make sure they have access to healthy eggs at a later time. 

Personal Circumstances 

It is your choice and it is up to you. You might want a child further down the line or you might not have found the right partner. You may be in a same-sex relationship and are considering having a child in the future. Or you might just want the comfort of having this option. Whatever your reason, it is up to you. 

Cancer

Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments often negatively impact and, in some cases, can entirely end fertility. Also, reproductive cancers can result in the removal of a woman’s ovaries and egg freezing can sometimes reduce the impact of certain cancer treatments on fertility.

Infections, Organ Failure, and Other Health Concerns 

Conditions such as endometriosis, one that occurs when uterine tissue grows outside the womb, can harm egg quality and fertility. If a woman is receiving treatment for this or other serious illnesses that may have an impact on fertility, freezing eggs can be a safeguard helping to ensure the option of a biological child in the future.  

If you’re thinking about freezing your eggs, keep this in mind…

Egg freezing can be a wonderful alternative for many women looking to delay their pregnancy. It is very important to keep in mind that successful outcomes can vary from clinic to clinic. 

Make sure to research and identify the clinics available to you that have good egg thaw rates and are able to provide you with statistics in regard to their success stories. 

While the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies does not provide statistics on egg freezing results their data on clinics’ IVF success can be a good place to start. 

 

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Fertility treatment can be expensive, and many people need help covering the cost. At SMP Pharmacy, we go the extra mile to help you get your fertility medications at the lowest cost possible. 

There are ways to get financing for a range of services and medications that you might need, letting you pay off the cost over an extended period of time rather than one lump sum upfront. We take that stress off your shoulders so that you can focus on one thing: a successful treatment outcome.   

Here’s how we do that:

Step 1: We start by connecting you with a Fertility Care Coordinator.

A Fertility Care Coordinator will guide you through this process and will be there each step of the way to help you with your fertility medication needs. With you, they will find the best options available that fit your budget and coverage plan.

Step 2: We verify your insurance and provide a detailed explanation of your coverage.

Not all coverage plans are the same, but we take out the guesswork. We’ll verify with you exactly what is covered and what’s not and guide you through the process of finding the best deal possible.

Step 3: We apply all available coupons, discounts, and financial assistance programs to qualifying medications and orders.

There is a wide range of programs available. In one year, we saved over $1 million in medications for our clients at an average APR of 10.9%, with some going as low as 4.99%!

We help you minimize the up-front cost of your medications. 

With the Compassionate Care program through Fertility Life Lines, you can save from 10% up to 75% off of Gonal-F, Cetrotide, and Ovidrel medications. You can find out more about this program and eligibility by clicking here.

Fertility Support Organizations

We work with a wide range of organizations and foundations for financial support and are continually checking support funds to see if our patients qualify for grants. It is important to us that financial restrictions don’t prevent you from receiving the appropriate care. Some of the organizations we work with include:

  1. The CADE Foundation (TQCF)
  2. Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG)
  3. Fertile Action
  4. The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination Inc. (INCIID)
  5. The Oncofertility Consortium 
  6. Path2Parenthood (P2P)
  7. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
  8. Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR)
  9. Stand Up To Cancer
  10. WEGO Health
  11. Baby Quest Foundation
  12. Men Having Babies (MHB)
  13. Livestrong Fertility
  14. The Alliance

By working with a broad network of assistance programs, we maximize your odds of receiving assistance, and it’s our job to help you find the right one.

We offer you financing options.

We partner with a wide range of the most common fertility financing companies, including Lending Club and CapexMD. The great thing about these providers is that they work with a majority of clinics, so even if you need financing for your medication in addition to your in-clinic care, you’ll only need to work with a single lender.

Once you’ve submitted your application, your loan can be approved in as little as 1-2 business days and then the medications can be sent directly to you.

Step 4: We review your order for accuracy, collect the payment, and prepare for shipping or pickup. We have an on-call pharmacist 24/7 to answer your questions.

We take care of all the hard steps to securing you affordable treatment, letting you focus on you. Our team is there for 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you as needed throughout this process. Be sure to give us a call and ask how we can help you today.

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