The age to have a baby has continued to rise in the U.S., now standing at a median age of 30, the highest on record. With a longer time to wait for kids, fertility may be affected. From the American College of Obstetrics and Gynocology, your ovaries and eggs age which factor in to fertility levels. For example, someone in their 20s or early 30s has about a 1 in 4 chance to become pregnant each cycle, while someone in their late 30s or older is around 1 in 10.
Pew Research Center surveyed 5,073 U.S. adults in April. 42% say they have used fertility treatments or personally know someone who has. This is up from 33% in 2018.
Looking at demographics, White (48%) and Asian (45%) Americans had the highest level of using or knowing someone who used fertility treatments. Only a quarter, 26%, of Black Americans said the same. Most were upper income as well, at 59%. 45% of middle income and 29% of lower income had access to fertility treatments or know of someone who did.
When asked if health insurance should cover fertility treatments, most Americans agreed (61%). 14% said no, insurance should not cover treatment. 25% of Americans were not sure. Democrats mostly support (69%), while Republicans are divided, with 54% supporting health insurance coverage. These treatments would likely impact health insurance rates, as they are costly medications and procedures. This already makes it difficult for many to access fertility treatments as it can be difficult to have it covered by insurance.
Companies like Starbucks have expanded into offering fertility benefits for their benefit eligible employees. Allowing up to 40,000 reimbursement of eligible adoption expenses and eligible, non-medical surrogacy expenses, or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Many have joined the company specifically for these benefits.