Ireland is not the most illustrative country among those who pay increased attention to the problem of infertility and the active use of progressive methods of its treatment. That is why it is extremely interesting to try to answer the question of how the topic that interests us is developing in this particular area of ​​Europe.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics Ireland

  • Percentage of women aged 15–44 years with impaired fertility: 12.1%
  • Percentage of married women aged 15-44 who are infertile: 6.7%
  • Number of women aged 15-44 years who have ever used infertility services: 1.3 million.
  • Percentage of women aged 15-44 years who have ever used infertility services: 12.0%

Irish people like to repeat: “Raising children is the greatest pleasure if it would not cost so much!” However, many Irish people also think that even getting pregnant now is a very expensive pleasure.

In a recent survey conducted by the Irish Volunteer National Infertility Support and Information Group (NISIG), 83% of recipients said they were willing to consider using reproductive technology if there is no way to conceive a child in a natural way. However, at the cost of only one IVF cycle of 4500 Euro, even an attempt to start this procedure can cause much extreme financial stress.

“Of course it’s expensive,” says Simon Fishel, founder of Beacon CARE Fertility, “but people have to reckon with the fact that procedures like IVF are much more complex and costly compared to other procedures.”

According to Mr. Fishel: “The process requires a large amount of special equipment and highly qualified personnel. Unfortunately, in the case of IVF, doctors cannot say what the result will be. The problem is that there is no guarantee that as a result you will have a baby. If we could guarantee 100 percent, and it would cost three times more than it is now, people would probably agree to this, because vim guaranteed success. ”

Does the high cost of treatment mean that infertility becomes a financial problem? According to experts from NISIG, this is quite likely. The survey shows that hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are faced with high costs when trying to artificially conceive a child are ready to find money by any means if they really want to have children. For this, people are willing to sacrifice mortgages, weekends and holidays, increase mortgages, sell a car, borrow money from parents and relatives, knowing that in case of failure, they will have to pay their debts for a long time.

NISIG is campaigning for state financial support. According to NISIG spokesperson Helen Brown, infertility is officially recognized by the World Health Organization as a medical condition, which means that the state should help pay for treatment.

Fortunately, there is hope that the light at the end of the tunnel will appear soon. In the near future it is planned to discuss the draft law on the promotion of human reproduction, which will also cover such topics as surrogacy and stem cell research.

Helen has met with numerous ministers of health over the years, and hopes that this theme will be developed. However, it must be borne in mind that this problem has already been deprived of priority in the past, and meetings with demands in this case will not help, since this is still a private matter in the first place.


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