#ivf4bc supports life and Endometriosis affecting Canadian families

How Can We Say No To This?

Photo Courtesy Stephanie Bowler Photography: My brother Shayne and sister-inlaw Tanya and their newborn

This is my brother Shayne. He’s hard working and loving. All he ever wanted was to have a family of his own. Shayne is in his thirties and his fiance Tanya had surgery for Endometriosis at the age of 20 and was told conceiving would be difficult and it was. This is their miracle baby. But how many families are still waiting for their miracle?

My nephew is the most beautiful baby ever. I could not imagine life without him here. He is a true gift. And that is what family is. It’s a gift not a dollar sign. – Jodi Shaw

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada and #ivf4bc is helping to shed some light for millions of women, couples and families dealing with this chronic illness associated with infertility that affects young women of reproductive age.

Why understanding Endrometriosis can help things change.

I have two beautiful children. I am lucky. I was able to conceive, despite losing my daughter almost six months into my pregnancy. I could not imagine my life without my boys. So why is learning about Endometriosis and #IVF4BC important to me?

Did you know that our birth rates continue to decline here in Canada?  I have friends like @BrookieBerry and relatives like my sister-inlaw Tanya who have been affected by infertility, sharing their stories. Knowledge is power and sharing means caring about the issues that are important to us as families.

ivf4bcWhile other countries are smartly funding @ivf and building healthy and strong populations – and a tax base to boot. I have realized that this issue is something that needs to be shared and discussed not just among women but among Canadians all around. Our future depends on it.

“Many women are not getting proper information on endometriosis, particularly on how it can affect their fertility,” says Dr. Christina Williams, Director of Williams Fertility at the Crossroads Clinic in Vancouver and Member of the BC Women’s Centre for Pain and Endometriosis.

Endometriosis is the growth of endometrial tissue, which lines a woman’s uterus during her menstrual cycle, and in other parts of the body – mostly commonly the fallopian tubes, ovaries, peritoneum and intestines. The tissue becomes inflamed and can cause severe and debilitating pain and scarring with the formation of ovarian cysts.

“There have been many cases throughout my practice where vitro fertilization is the only medical option to enable endometriosis patients to reach their conceivable dreams,” says Dr. Williams. “Unfortunately, because of the cost of  vitro fertilization treatment and the lack of services across the province, many patients have had to give up on their dreams of starting or building a family.”

For most families, they have a baby and bring that baby home with no extra added costs. I had no idea that someone who has to use vitro fertilization as a medical option due to suffering with endometriosis, yes can conceive and also gets to bring a home their baby like I did.  But they are faced with $13 to $50 thousand dollars in debt to deal with afterwards because the procedure is not covered.

I have faith in our government that they will support our generations of hope and find some understanding and aid for Canadian families suffering with not only Endometriosis but the cost of families needing to turn to IVF.

Knowing and sharing conversations about Endometriosis and infertility IVF and everything we as women, couples and families have to deal with is something that should be shared and talked about.

So let’s get talking. I think it’s worth it, especially if the end result is families being able to be together, with generations of children to carry on our future to make it brighter and better.  I think that’s important.  Don’t you?


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