Approximately 9 out of 10 young adults are NOT given the option to freeze their eggs/sperm prior to chemotherapy!

Fertility Protection
Imagine being told, after being diagnosed with cancer, that your treatment will prevent you from ever having future children. After treatment, you have either been rendered sterile or face a frighteningly high risk of miscarriage. Unfortunately, many women face this reality every day due to their insurance denying their request for fertility preservation.
Receiving cancer treatments is vital to patient health, but chemotherapy creates a lasting impact that most people do not think about. Chemotherapy has the potential to harm both the patients’ reproductive organs and damage cells. The damage that has been induced may make it difficult to conceive or may result in frequent miscarriages.
    Women who have been diagnosed with cancer may struggle to face the emotional and physical consequences of becoming infertile after chemo, and while this may seem overwhelming, speak openly to your physician about the types of cancer treatments that have the possibility of increasing the risk of infertility.
Thanks to modern medicine, preserving fertility is possible with treatments such as freezing reproductive cells for future use. This type of fertility preservation is possible to conduct within a hospital that carries out cancer treatment or at a fertility preservation clinic; however, this can be an expensive process.
    Most doctors will not discuss these solutions due to the high costs and the lack of health insurance coverage. In America today, egg and embryo freezing is not covered by most insurances.  Patients who wish to look into the option of cell preservation must pay out of pocket to have the procedure done, which can cost up to thousands of dollars. Without the money, the chance to have children is lost.  The are permantly Infertile.
    Fertile action must be taken to provide victims of cancer with the insurance coverage necessary to give them the opportunity to have children. Bring the discussion to your state legislator about creating insurance to cover fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment.  Without the coverage, damage caused by chemo leaves many women and makes infertile for the rest of their lives.

States That Have Introduced Fertility Legislation

1.  Missouri  House Bill 2388  -  Intoduced 2018

2.  Illinois Senate Bill 3063 - Intoduced 2018
  
3.  Oregon Senate Bill 859 -  Intoduced and commitee hearing in 2017 and will be reintoduced with new language 2018

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