If you’re struggling with infertility, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re one of the 12 percent of U.S. women who are going through it, too. And while you may think your egg count plays the biggest role in your IVF success, that’s not totally the case.
It turns out that your profession, income, and whether your workplace supports your family dreams can make a difference. Deborah and Jake Anderson-Bialis, founders of a new fertility doctor review app called FertilityIQ, crunched data from nearly 1,150 respondents and found some surprising trends. You’re more likely to wind up with a baby if the following are true:
1.You Talk About Your Infertility with Your Colleagues
Teachers were nearly six times more likely to achieve success after undergoing IVF treatment than their peers. The reason: They were able to talk openly about their experiences with coworkers, and could share suggestions for better doctors. This effect also held true for women in presumably chatty professions, such as sales, marketing, and public relations. On the flip side, one 2015 study published in Human Fertility found that less perceived social support was linked with higher IVF drop-out rates.
2.You Have a Flexible Schedule
Women working in traditionally male-dominated roles, such as investment banking and engineering, were 60 percent less likely to claim an IVF victory, according to Fertility IQ’s analysis. Patients in these fields said they preferred to keep their treatment a secret from their bosses and coworkers. In turn, they found it harder to carve out time from their work schedules to begin and adhere to an IVF cycle, which requires multiple early morning clinic appointments.
3.You Work in a State That Mandates Insurance Coverage for IVF
Of the 15 states that require insurers to offer infertility services, only nine states specifically mandate IVF, which is considered the gold standard of fertility medicine. It’s resulted in more than 65,000 babies from more than 190,000 cycles—an all-time high, according to new figures released by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).
4.You Make More Than $100,000 a Year
This isn’t exactly a shocker, but unless you have health insurance or can crowd-fund a baby, you’ll have to pay out of pocket for IVF. Treatment can run between $10,000 and $15,000, according to SART. And nearly 60 percent of patients forgo fertility treatment because of cost, according to a survey by Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA) of New Jersey. So it makes sense that women with a household income of $100,000 were twice as likely to get pregnant from IVF than their lower-earning peers, according to Fertility IQ. They could afford to undergo more cycles, which increased their chances of success.
5.You Work for a Company That Offers IVF Insurance Coverage
Currently, only 24 percent of large companies offer an IVF benefit, according to the human resources benefits consultancy Mercer. Yet, companies that want to attract and retain top talent should pay attention to this statistic: The RMA survey found that 68 percent of workers would be willing to change jobs for infertility benefits. Human resources managers say they consider adding benefits when employees ask for them. So in honor of National Infertility Week (which runs through April 30), speak up!