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Ontario Leads Provinces in Helping Canadians Grow Their Families

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Conceivable Dreams releases 2016 provincial rankings on IVF access

TORONTO, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Ontario leads among the provinces in Canada when it comes to providing access and support to families and individuals struggling with infertility, a new ranking of provincial jurisdictions found.

The 2016 rankings, released by infertility patient group Conceivable Dreams in advance of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week, credited both Ontario's decision to begin funding one cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the choice of fertility clinics in the province with its top spot in the rankings.

"It was great to see Ontario deliver for those struggling with infertility," said Danielle Xavier, President, Conceivable Dreams. "Without question, Ontario now leads the country in helping patients who are struggling with infertility to grow their families through assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF. We are hoping other provinces are watching and learning from Ontario's lead."

Currently, four provinces provide some form of financial support to assist families seeking IVF: Ontario, Quebec,Manitoba, and New Brunswick. Quebec, which was once seen as a leader in Canada in its support of infertile patients, has dropped behind Ontario since it stopped fully funding IVF in late 2015. The ranking, however, recognizes the province still offers some financial support through its newly-implemented sliding scale tax credit for expenses related to IVF based on income level, and continued coverage of fertility drugs.

Manitoba and New Brunswick, which offer a tax credit and one-time grant to patients respectively, placed third and fourth. In recent years, some provinces without funding for fertility treatments (Alberta and British Columbia) have begun calling for the implementation of their own public funding models to assist families looking to expand their families through IVF.

Prior to the Ontario government's decision to contribute to the cost of one IVF treatment cycle, most patients faced financial barriers when it came to receiving the treatment which can cost as much as $10,000 per cycle. The province also boasts the highest number of IVF fertility clinics per million people, as listed on the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society's website.

Conceivable Dreams believes that having a healthy number of clinics per million is an important factor for patients seeking IVF treatment, as it ensures they have some choice in where they access what can be a very personal and invasive procedure. The number of clinics can also equate to better coverage outside major urban centres. The organization believes it is no coincidence that the province with the best funding also boasts the greatest number of clinics for patients to access and choose from. 

During Canadian Infertility Awareness Week, Conceivable Dreams wants to create awareness around the growing issue of infertility which now affects one in six Canadians. It hopes that informative tools such as this ranking will help to spread the word about available opportunities and highlight the need for more publicly funded programs across the country.

"Every family should have the opportunity to grow their family and we are happy to work with partner advocacy groups across the country to encourage provinces at the bottom of this ranking to provide equitable access to IVF funding," added Xavier. "In Ontario, we will not stop advocating on behalf of families to make sure the program remains inclusive and open to feedback and individual experiences. We would also love to see more access to clinics for patients in northern Ontario, as well as more coverage for fertility drugs in the employee benefit plans."

The infographic above provides a visual representation of the current status of public funding for IVF inCanada. These rankings are based on the level of provincial funding dedicated to treatment, as well as the number of available fertility clinics per one million people.

About Conceivable Dreams 
Conceivable Dreams is a broad-based organization of patients, family members, health professionals and other supporters dedicated to achieving equitable access to funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) for men and women facing infertility.

IVF Market Size Projected to Reach USD 27 Billion by 2022: Grand View Research, Inc

SAN FRANCISCO, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Global In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) market is expected to reach USD 27 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The market is driven by the increasing incidence of infertility owing to, lifestyle changes, expansion of fertility procedures for treating male infertility such as ICSI, government initiatives to provide better reimbursement policies, and continuous efforts by the industry contributors. 

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Moreover, the availability of genomic testing enabling the prevention of the transfer of genetic disease during IVF use is further expected to drive the market demand. The increase in the number of IVF treatment has led more insurance players to cover the IVF procedures. This has ultimately led to competitive pricing and has moderated the treatment costs as IVF has been a successfully practiced technology. This will most likely drive the market by introducing treatment standardization and automation. 

The behavioral shift in the society is a major factor contributing to the decreased Total Fertility Rate (TFR). These factors include an increasing number of women in the labor force, the increased age of the first birth, a shift from rural to urban societies, lower marriage rates, postponement of marriage, and greater levels of education for women. 

Obesity is another factor, which has led to an increase in infertility in the population. This is due to the fact that the fat deposited on women's abdomen prevents follicular stimulation and produces male hormones. In the case of males, the rising fat decreases testosterone levels causing a problem in sperm production. Doctors have started recommending weight loss in men prior to fertility treatments along with proper Body Mass Index (BMI) maintenance. The U.S. Endocrine Society has established the use of Letrozole to increase the testosterone levels in obese patients. 

Browse full research report with TOC on "In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Market Analysis by Procedures (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Frozen Embryo Replacement (FER), Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)), By Types of Cycles (Fresh Donor, Frozen Donor, Fresh Non-donor, Frozen Non-donor), By Instruments (IVD Disposable Devices, Culture Media, Capital Equipment), And Segment Forecasts to 2022" at:

Further key findings from the report suggest:  

  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) dominated the market in 2014.ICSI was introduced in the year 1992 and boosted the fertility rates from 50% to 80%, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In April 2016, Nigeria recorded its first successful delivery from a frozen egg. Bridge Clinic has stored the eggs using the flash-freezing technique. With this birth, Nigeria has put itself on the global map as it now offers IVF through frozen eggs. The eggs were then fertilized using the ICSI technique. 
  • Frozen Embryo Replacement (FER) technique is expected to witness a rapid rise in demand. Conventionally, most embryos were transferred through fresh cycles. However, with technology refinement, the number of frozen embryo transfers and the success rates have increased. Moreover, the policy of freezing the embryos has also reduced the chances of ovarian hyper-stimulation. The frozen embryo transfers enable single egg transfer, thus, giving enough time for the endometrial layer to heal from the medicine stimulation effect. This ensures higher success rates. 
  • Culture media dominated the overall market in terms of revenue in 2014. With the increasing government funding and industrial support for employees for egg/sperm freezing, the demand for cryopreservation and the needed media for it is expected to witness growth. There has been an increase in the research activities undertaken to improve the culture media and to procure maximum boar sperms or eggs, spurring market growth. Moreover, the increasing number of egg/sperm donor banks is expected to drive the demand for sperm, egg, and embryo processing media during the forecast period. 
  • Europe dominated the IVF market in 2014. High quality of treatment offered at the most economical price, and the adherence to medical standards have contributed to its market leadership. In Europe, the NHS covers three IVF cycles and has also started providing coverage for gametes freezing. Moreover, the region is an attraction for international clients as countries, such as Spain, have the highest number of egg donors. The clinics also provide sex identification and other IVF treatments, which are not offered in North America. 
  • North America also accounted for a significant share of the market in 2014. The standardization of procedures through automation, regulatory reforms, government funding for egg/sperm storage, and industry players introducing more IVF treatments are some contributing factors for North Americadominating the IVF market. 
  • The presence of favorable reimbursement framework (implementation of USD 50 million 5-year plans by the U.S Department of Defense for sperm/egg freezing coverage) is also expected to drive regional market growth over the next six years. The increasing number of clinics undertaking newer industrial techniques to offer better fertility success rates is also expected to boost the regional market demand. 
  • The demand for IVF treatment is expected to boom in APAC owing to fertility tourism, increasing foreign industries trying to penetrate the economically developing countries and the changing regulatory landscape. 
  • The Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), the task force of clinicians and scientists is involved in the monitoring and management of fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Such initiatives promote awareness levels thereby, driving growth. 
  • Industry contributors are introducing newer automation to shift the IVF treatment from invasive to a minimally invasive or non-invasive procedure. The industry players are also trying technologies, which can enable older women to have enhanced fertility rates. For instance, in August 2015, OvaScience announced the results of its first published analysis comparing AUGMENT fertility treatment with a standard IVF. The results showed a significantly higher rate of selection and transfer of embryos as compared to the standard treatment. 
  • Some key players in this market includeEMD Serono Inc., Boston IVF, OvaScience, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Vitrolife AB, Irvine Scientific, CooperSurgical, Inc., Cook Medical Inc., Genea Biomedx and Progyny Inc. 

Grand View Research has segmented the In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) market on the basis of procedures, type of cycles, instruments, end-use, and regions:  

  • Global In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Procedures Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022) 
    • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
    • Frozen Embryo Replacement (FER)
    • Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
    • Others
  • Global In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Types of Cycles Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022) 
    • Fresh Donor
    • Frozen Donor
    • Fresh Non-donor
    • Frozen Non-donor
  • Global In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Instruments Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022) 
    • IVD Disposable Devices
    • Culture Media
    • Capital Equipment
  • In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022) 
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • India
      • Japan
      • China
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • MEA
      • South Africa
      • Rest of MEA 



Miracles and Memories Pins

Miracles and Memories Pin

Miracles and Memories PinConsider the first and ONLY family-building INCIID Miracles and Memories pin for yourself, your family and friends - or if you are a reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic or a patients who might want to provide them to your extended family members or to friends. INCIID was the first to come out with a pin covering all aspects of family-building.

Providing these particularly during "parenting" holidays (Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day etc.) can be supportive and helpful to those struggling to build their family. For thousands of reproductively challenged couples, the holidays can be a difficult time, as their only wish is to have a family of their own. If you are a doctor caring for patients,  INCIID is asking you to give out “Miracles and Memories” family-building pin to show patients and staff in a small but caring way that you support efforts to build a family. The idea is to build awareness and support for INCIID, a non-profit organization, providing scholarships for couples with infertility diagnoses as well as support and information on family building options. If you are a patient, or the family of a patient struggling with fertility, pregnancy loss or making the decision to adopt - Miracles and Memories Pins can provide added support.

Because INCIID is a non-profit organization, it relies solely on donations and contributions to maintain the success of the “From INCIID the Heart” scholarship program.  The INCIID team has created “Memories and Miracles” pins. INCIID is asking  couples, doctors, family members to donate just $25 to increase infertility awareness while at the same time providing a tax deductible donation to increase awareness and in support of creating a family.

The pins are packaged in a small clear plastic baggy attached to a white card that explains representation of each color on the pin and that pins support INCIID’s work and the IVF Scholarship.

The MAM (Miracles & Memories) Family-Building Pin :

Download the Bulk order form (for bulk orders of 100 or more pins) including a photo of the Miracles and Memories (MAM) pins



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Trick or Treat: Shewanda and Carl's Journey to Family

We are Shewanda and Carl.  Carl and I have been together for almost a decade. This is a second marriage for Carl who has two amazing daughters’ pre-teen and teenage daughters.

When we started to try and get pregnant, we had 2 ectopic pregnancies and a devastating miscarriage. My first pregnancy was overwhelming because of the loss and my lack of information and knowledge about ectopic pregnancies.  I had surgery after this pregnancy to repair my tube.

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Professional Membership

INCIID Professional, Partner, and Corporate Levels Of Support

An annual membership supports INCIID's Charity Mission to help individuals and couples explore their family-building options. This means directing them to the appropriate care with a specialist or reproductive endocrinologist.  INCIID also provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles. 

 2019, INCIID staffing includes professional instructional design professionals certified for design management and development of E-Learning modules. INCIID can provide your clinic with quality instructional design, advanced audio and video production snippets or other projects to promote your practice or clinic.

Professional members receive a full biographical listing in the INCIID Directory, where patients can search by state or by zip code. The listing includes Google mapping, address, and location, phone, fax, professional certifications, awards and area of specialty. Members can update their profile, add links or advertise clinic events such as seminars and workshops for consumers. As a professional member, INCIID will also list your clinic events on our calendar or notify consumers in our newsletter. We invite all our members to publish consumer articles or even collaborate on learning modules to educate consumers. These modules and articles show consumers that physicians care about their struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss. An educated patient is a benefit to the clinic team.

Seventy-five percent of learning occurs through vision. Therefore, Visual literacy is of paramount importance for learning. Visual literacy develops a patient's ability to comprehend, make meaning of, and communicate adequately. Research evidence supports the premise that strong positive relationships between a clinic's team members promote a patient’s capacity to follow through with medical recommendations. Studies over the last several decades conclude clinics and their staff's ability to explain, listen and empathize have a profound effect on health outcomes and patient satisfaction with their experience.

INCIID professional members have their profiles in front of consumers on the INCIID Website - the first infertility site on the web in 1995. We have thousands of individual visitors every month. INCIID subscribes to the principles of instructional design and foundations for learning on all professional member profiles. This includes a visual approach to learning. We will work with each individual or individual clinic to design an approach that is visual and communicates with the patients. We have a number of physicians that support our Scholarship program - this alone endears patients to physicians who are willing to give back to the community.

The cost is approximately a dollar a day. A premium value.

If you have questions about professional membership, please contact us either by email or phone at (703) 379-9178.

INCIID Corporate Sponsor Members are Corporations that donate ($3000 or more ) annually. We have a variety of sponsorships that INCIID will individualize to the needs of the corporation.

To inquire about donating services to the INCIID IVF Scholarship Program, please contact us either by email or phone (703) 379-9178. Clinics tell us that participation is very rewarding. Patients who can afford treatment tell us they want to support programs that support other infertility patients who cannot afford treatment.

Your support of the infertility consumer in the form of INCIID Professional Membership, Partnership, or Corporate Membership will support the important work we do. Infertile consumers who do have access to treatment are most appreciative of an effort on the part of generous physicians and clinics to support infertility consumers. INCIID supporting Doctors with Heart go above and beyond the norm to support consumers - and consumers, in turn, want to support clinics who give back to the community.